Encinal coach's lawsuit: Ruling appealed
Original post made on Jan 18, 2011
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 11:23 AM
on Jan 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Just because you make a public statement doesn't make it the truth. Mr. Hecimovich was given a more than fair review process that included many, many painful hours trying to sort this out. Once the decision was made to protect the district in regard to childrens' safety, he was still invited to meet with School Superintendent Ranella to discuss the issue. I challenge his response to The Almanac about never intending to seek damages. He has handled this like a big bully and it was always his intent to get his own way through intimidation. The fact that he's going to waste the time of an appellate court is proof enough. In 18 months to two years his youngest child will be long gone from Encinal so who exactly will he be coaching? This is all about throwing his weight around because it's not costing him anything other than filing fees. The volunteers who are caught up in this, on the other hand, have to pay for legal counsel and live under this stress which I'm sure makes him feel so powerful. Never a better illustration of the famous old saying "a lawyer who represents himself has a fool as his client."
on Jan 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm
Mr. Hecimovich has made a mountain out of molehill, and with his actions (including his legal knowledge), has bullied and intimidated well-intentioned parents (who now have to be worried of financial punishment). According to the article, he has accomplished much of what he intended now (e.g. new processes). Mr. Hecimovich, please stop the madness, and call it a day. We all live in this community and lets behave like civil adults. Is this the imprint you want for your children's education and life in a community?
on Jan 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm
Mr. Hecimovich states that it was never his intention to seek damages or to sue, rather it was to address the review process for PTO volunteers. As he also states, processes have been put into place and the basketball program now has clear policies, as a "tangible result" of his complaint.
Then isn't that mission accomplished? Why is anything continuing? It is time to move on.