April 8th, 2014
After 14 hours of testimony, the due process hearing for Snake River High School science Asmus has concluded.
The hearing started on Friday and lasted from 3 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. that evening. The hearing resumed Monday at 6 p.m. and concluded at 11:50 p.m.
The defense started presenting its case at 8:40 p.m. on Friday.
Teachers were called and expressed their opinions that Elaine is a good teacher and works well with students and many colleagues.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Coming into her final at-bat of the game against Pocatello, Blackfoot senior catcher Matti Chavez had not had a very memorable day at the plate.
But as can often be the case in softball, one swing of the bat can change all of that.
Chavez came up to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning and promptly took a 1-2 pitch from Pocatello pitcher Shayla Baker and deposited over the left field fence for a grand slam as the Lady Broncos earned a doubleheader sweep with Pocatello losing game one 8-3 before winning game two 16-3 in five innings.
Three more witness were called Monday evening to complete the plaintiff's case in the Elaine Asmus due process hearing.
The witnesses were Rebecca Arynne Hoge, who as a counsellor provides intervention with students, Snake River Junior High School principal Roger Thomas and Snake River High School principal Ed Jackson.
Hoge testified that, possibly in January, she met three students in the hall of the science building who said there was "a war" in the science department.
Other witnesses called were Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk, Kandi Duff, Laurie Grayson and Jackie Alvarez.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly 20 years of working in the heating & air business and a passion for helping people, has inspired Todd Wayland, along with his wife and business partner Mandy Wayland, to open Todd's Heating & Air in Blackfoot.
RIVERSIDE â€” Eight times so far this season the Snake River Lady Panthers have taken the field, and eight times they have come out victorious.
But after almost dropping the second game of a doubleheader at Sugar-Salem on Friday, the Lady Panthers took to the field of Riverside Elementary on Saturday morning looking to get back on track.
The offense did not miss a beat as the Panthers pounded out 11 hits and scored 13 runs on the way to a 13-1 five inning victory on Saturday.
No one wins in this contest.
Around 200 people attended the due process hearing for the Snake River High School science teacher Elaine Asmus Friday at the Snake River High School Auditorium.
Facilitator Dale Storer outlined the rules of the hearing.
"The board can only consider evidence presented at this hearing," he said. "This is a due process hearing where attorneys confront witnesses and cross examine witnesses.
Coming into Fridayâ€™s game
with Idaho Falls, Blackfoot
senior Cassandra Clarke
had never hit a home run
in her softball career.
That changed with one
swing in the bottom of the
Clarke crushed an 0-2
pitch over the left field
fence, one of two Broncos
home runs in the game as
Blackfoot downed Idaho
Falls 10-2 at Blackfoot
High School Friday afternoon.
After taking good swings
at the first two pitches in
her at-bat Clarke sat back
on the third pitch, which
just happened to be a
change up and crushed it
over the fence.
As she rounded first
THOMAS â€”Â The due process hearing of the Snake River trustees taking in consideration the renewal of Elaine Asmus' contract for the next school year takes place at 3 p.m. today at the Snake River High School Auditorium, 922 W. Hwy. 39, Blackfoot.
Asmus is a popular biology teacher at the Snake River High School.
Paul Stark, Asmus' attorney said she had a disagreement with teacher Laura Gabrylczyk, the wife of the district Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk.
Stark said Laura Gabrylczyk filed a formal complaint that led to the decision not to renew Asmus' contract.
BLACKFOOT â€” First grader Alejandro Pelayo was a little nervous as he climbed into the dental chair in the makeshift dentist office at Stalker Elementary School on Thursday. He said it was the first time he had ever been to a "dentist."
Delta Dental hygienists have been at the school this week offering free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to first and second graders who need them. The dental sealants fill the deep grooves of a child's back teeth where 90 percent of cavities occur; while fluoride varnish helps protect the smooth surface of children's teeth.
THOMAS â€” With family and friends providing support, Makena Shelley of Snake River signed a letter-of-intent to play college basketball on Wednesday.
Shelley will play at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to play basketball again," Shelley said. "And I'm excited to get a good education."
Shelley, daughter of Cody and Erin Shelley, said she will likely major in elementary education.
She said the biggest thing she will miss "is playing other sports with my teammates all four years."