Board votes to terminate contract of Akron Firestone High School music teacher David Spondike

AKRON, Ohio - The Akron School Board voted Monday night to terminate the employment of a music teacher whose vulgar Facebook rant in late October led to his paid suspension.

David Spondike, 51, had been on paid leave since October 28 following a series of racially-charged posts on his personal Facebook account.

He has 10 days in which he has one more option for yet another hearing but he is no longer being paid, APS Chief Communications Officer Mark Williamson said.

Spondike’s Facebook entry used a number of obscenities, as well as the “N-word.” He initially denied writing the post, alleging in a YouTube video that the 19-year-old son of his best friend, who was at his home that night, wrote it.

He later took full responsibility for the comments, which resulted in the administrative leave.

The teacher wrote a letter to the Akron City Schools Board of Education Thursday, in lieu of appearing in person at a hearing about the incident, noting that the post was written "in a moment of anger and with unnecessary haste."

Spondike was hired by Akron Public Schools in 1998. His personnel file reveals he was investigated for using the "F" word, throwing a chair in the classroom and spitting on the floor. He was given a written reprimand in 2001.

In 2007, he was investigated for allegedly assaulting a middle school student, but was cleared of any wrongdoing by Akron police.

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