Hutto volleyball coach Janiece Nelson had a one-hour grievance hearing with district superintendent Doug Killian on Friday in hopes of regaining the position she has held since 1987.
Killian, who recently reassigned Nelson to athletic coordinator of Hutto middle schools, said Friday that he would make a decision on her case on July 15.
Killian and district human resources director Sherri Rector spent most of the hour listening to Nelson and her Austin-based attorney John McCormick. McCormick was substituting for Tony Conners, who was out of town on Friday.
Nelson declined to speculate on whether the hearing would have an impact on Killian’s decision to remove her as varsity volleyball coach. Nelson wants her head coaching position back as well as her coach/administrator’s salary of $85,437.
If Nelson is not reinstated, she plans to take her case to a Level III hearing, the highest district-level complaint, which requires a specially-called meeting of the district school board.
Despite Nelson’s ongoing case, the Hutto school district has already hired her replacement as Hutto’s varsity coach — former Sweeny and Richardson Pearce coach Tanessa Sawyer.
Nelson’s move to Hutto middle schools came after she declined to take a $20,000 pay cut to remain the high school’s volleyball coach. Nelson was hired by Hutto 26 years ago to be the high school’s volleyball, basketball and track coach.
UPDATE: As originally published, we said Killian would make her decision on July 21. The correct date is July 15.