Former Swansea football coach Gregory Wright goes before District 4 board Thursday, wants job back

Gregory Wright-Youtube photo. 

Former Swansea head football coach Gregory Wright  is scheduled to meet with Lexington School District 4 board members during their Thursday in Gaston.

Wright, without his attorneys, will express his grievances during the executive session of the board meeting, said Wright’s attorney, J. Lewis Cromer,

Neither Cromer nor the school’s boards attorneys, White and Story, LLC, will be present when the parties meet behind closed doors.

District 4 issued  a letter, Tuesday, regarding the meeting from Lisa Ingram, the District 4 Coordinator of Human Resources and Community Relations. The letter reads:

“Lexington County School District 4 strives for excellence in leadership and instilling its mission in each of our students and employees to grow, serve, and innovate. To that end, when the District makes employment decisions, our administration adheres to District Board Policy and the legal standards that govern employers, including public schools. Ultimately, our primary concern is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community stakeholders.

As a practice, the District and its Trustees cannot provide confidential and sensitive information relating to the District’s employment decisions, as we also have a responsibility to ensure that the privacy and well being of our employees is protected. The District must balance that interest with those of our stakeholders who seek to learn more about decisions that may impact our schools.

The District has received requests to share information concerning Mr. Gregory Wright and his employment with the District and we understand the public’s interest in this matter. We will follow our practice of refraining from public comment about sensitive and confidential employment inquiries. However, we are able to share that the Board extended an invitation to Mr. Wright to attend its next meeting on July 12 and meet with them during that time in Executive Session.
The District and its Board of Trustees takes very seriously its students, employees, and the community and will continue to ensure that our students are driven to success by providing and learning environment rich in diversity, service, leadership and safety. Our students are and will remain our top priority and we look forward to our upcoming school year.”

Wright, according to reports, was dismissed from his football duties after an incident regarding player safety at a June 25 practice. Cromer defended Wright from these accusations. Cromer said Wright has support from players and the community.

Cromer plans to file a lawsuit against the district for damages based on defamation of character and interference with contractual relations if the board does not re-hire Wright.
Cromer wants Wright reinstated as head football coach and athletics director.

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