Jack Daley update: Ruling could be months out

 

It is unknown how long it will take to learn the results of a closed-door arbitration hearing that took place Monday morning between Gilroy High School’s former athletic director, Jack Daley, and the Gilroy Unified School District.

“There’s no telling how long it will take for the arbitrator to give us a ruling,” explained Michelle Nelson, former president of the Gilroy Teachers Association.

The meeting is the most recent development in the controversial issue that sparked community outcry more than a year ago.

Daley, the popular former Gilroy High athletic director and district staff member of 20 years, was “reassigned” following an April 7, 2011 incident when first-year GHS track coach Alvin Harrison was arrested for a DUI on Daley’s watch.

After the car wreck in Southern California where GHS was attending a track meet, it was discovered that Harris – a two-time Olympic gold medalist sprinter whose second medal was stripped after he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs – did not have a valid driver’s license. A school district investigation revealed Daley rented the vehicle for Harrison to use, although Daley reiterated to the Dispatch that he had no knowledge of Harrison’s invalid license.

The Gilroy Teachers Association filed a contract violation grievance on Daley’s behalf in May 2011. That grievance was finally addressed Monday morning during the arbitration hearing, which involved Daley, Superintendent Debbie Flores, Nelson, a joint arbitrator, attorneys and witnesses. The next steps are for both parties to submit by Oct. 26 a summary of the facts reaffirming their arguments, and what was stated during the hearing, Nelson explained.

After that, “more waiting,” she said.

Nelson said the arbitrator appeared to be “fair and balanced.”

As for what Daley requested, such as reinstatement, back pay or an alternative resolution, Nelson said she would have to check with the GTA’s attorney before responding.

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