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The Pine-Richland School District gave some details about the investigation conducted about Eric Kasperowicz; KDKA's Royce Jones reports.
- For the first time since the entire high school football coaching staff was terminated, leaders of the Pine-Richland School District are now speaking out. The district says there have been numerous falsehoods surrounding the situation. Royce Jones was at the news conference where the district says it wanted to set the record straight.
ROYCE JONES: Well, this news conference lasted no more than five minutes, and the district took no questions. But they did release some new information about former coach Eric Kasperowicz. According to the Pine-Richland School Board president, Peter Lyons, the district conducted a nearly three-month probe into allegations of, quote, inappropriate conduct and a broader allegation of misconduct within the football program, including hazing, bullying, intimidation, and rites of passage. The district says, during this time, a series of interviews were conducted with dozens of students, coaches, and parents regarding these allegations, plus an in-depth interview with Mr. Kasperowicz himself.
PETER LYONS: The district's legal counsel was consulted throughout this process. At the investigation's conclusion, neither the administration nor any member of the nine-member school board could recommend extending a supplemental contract to Coach Kasperowicz.
ROYCE JONES: The final decision apparently came down to findings from the investigation, documented football program-related events during Kasperowicz's tenure, and the interview with the former coach, what the administration says played a critical role. The district also says the former coach received the findings from the investigation in a recommendation letter for nonrenewal with the opportunity to respond, refuting past claims the former coach was given zero explanation for losing his job. I've reached out to Mr. Kasperowicz, but I have not heard back yet.
At Pine-Richland, I'm Royce Jones, KDKA News.