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State Supreme Court won't hear district's appeal of case of teacher fired for viewing porn

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- The State Supreme Court will not take up the case of a Middleton-Cross Plains teacher accused of viewing pornography at work.

The Middleton-Cross Plains School Board asked the high court to rule on its appeal of an arbitrator's decision in favor of Andrew Harris, a decision that will allow Harris to be reinstated.

Harris was a science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School before he was fired.

Arbitrator Karen Mawhinney determined the district had cause to discipline Harris, but did not have cause to fire him. Mawhinney ordered the district to offer Harris reinstatement to his former position or to a substantially equivalent position and to pay him for all lost wages and benefits.

In a statement, the Middleton-Cross Plains School District said it is disappointed the Supreme Court did not hear its appeal. The statement continues, "We still believe that the District was justified in its action to dismiss Andrew Harris. However, the District intends to comply with the order of the arbitrator. The Board of Education will meet in the near-future to consider how to comply with the arbitrator's decision to reinstate Andrew Harris to his former position or a substantially equivalent position."

The Middleton-Cross Plains School Board has a special meeting scheduled for Monday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the District Administrative Center at 716 South Avenue.

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