Gilbert School Board discusses budget, fires high school coach

The Gilbert School District met to discuss how to solve a big budget problem and the fate of Gilbert High School's football coach on Tuesday night.

In the end, the board decided to fire Coach Tim Rutt over an alleged hazing incident that he didn't report to school officials.

"Give me that time for you to really see who I am as a person. Ask people in the community who Tim Rutt is, ask people that I've coached, taught, worked with who I am. Not one person, not two persons that have something out to get me...Really do your investigation, put this on hold and find out who and what really is going on here at that school because there are some totally injustice going on," said Rutt.

In regard to the budget, school officials have to reduce their spending by $8 million for the upcoming school year.

Parents, teachers and students attended the board's meeting Tuesday night to give their input.

"I respectfully ask you not to exclude special education students from the opportunities afforded them by the out of boundary open enrollment in Gilbert Public Schools," said an audience member.

"I understand that you have to make changes to A.L.P. [Accelerated Learning Program] But if you're keeping 16 teachers, why can you not keep A.L.P. in 16 schools?" asked a student. "I am concerned about what this means for me and my friends and other students like us."

The board is expected to have a public hearing at the beginning of May; a final budget vote is expected to take place at the end of May.


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