Board votes against firing Buena football coach - Tucson News Now

Board votes against firing Buena football coach

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Charges against Scherling. Charges against Scherling.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Sierra Vista Unified School District board has voted not to fire its high school football coach who's being investigated right now.

Ryan Scherling is a teacher and the head football coach at Buena High School who was on paid administrative leave for allegedly making inappropriate comments in the classroom.

He can return to the classroom and to coaching on Thursday.

The statement of charges against Scherling claims he used the n-word with an African American student in relation to his clothing in one of his classes.

The report also states that during a meeting about the allegations with Buena High School Principal Joe Farmer, Scherling said he did not use the n-word or use profanity during football practice.

The report went on to say that he broke a school policy by lying about not using profanity or the n-word.

Scherling was at Wednesday's meeting of the Sierra Vista Unified School District board when they met for a special session about his job.

The board voted 5 to zero not to fire Scherling.

"We don't appreciate that kind of launage, any kind of launage that's inappropriate being used that we thought it was worth giving him another chance to continue to work with those players," said Connie Johnson, SVUSD board president.

"I was confident, I knew the allegations against me were 100 percent false and I stood by that since day one and I truly believe the board took everything into consideration. I am not surprised," Scherling said.

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