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Union Grove coach, teacher resigns amid investigation

By Christina Lane
Sept. 14, 2012 at 8:07 a.m.

A Union Grove ISD teacher and coach has resigned from the school district amid an investigation.

Steven Mulkey tendered his resignation from the district on Wednesday, Union Grove Superintendent Brian Gray said Friday. Mulkey was hired earlier this year to coach and teach history this fall semester. Previously, Mulkey coached at New Diana.

However, Mulkey was placed on paid administrative leave in late July, pending an investigation by the school district. District officials have not said what the investigation involved.

The Texas Education Agency also announced in August that it was conducting an investigation regarding Mulkey, according to Debbie Graves Ratcliffe, director of communications for the state agency. Ratcliffe said in August there is a note on Mulkey's certification that notes he is under review by the State Board of Educator Certification's professional discipline unit.

Gray said Friday that with Mulkey's resignation from the district, Union Grove will not conduct any further investigations.

"Any further investigation is above Union Grove ISD," he said.

The district does not intend to hire anyone to fill Mulkey's position, Gray said.

"We are currently handling the classes and the duties in-house with personnel," he said. "It would be difficult to find a quality educator and coach at this time of year."

The position will be posted in the spring, he said.



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