- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit between a longtime biology teacher and the Idaho school district that didn’t renew her teaching contract.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled in favor of former superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk and the Snake River School District, which is based in Blackfoot, Idaho, a few weeks ago.

The Idaho Education Association filed the lawsuit on behalf of Elaine Asmus two years ago after school administrators declined to renew her teaching contract.

The issue arose when Asmus and another teacher, Laura Gabrylczyk, had an argument. Gabrylczyk then filed a harassment complaint against Asmus with the school district. Hundreds of school district patrons, including former students, attended the school board’s hearing on the harassment complaint to show support for Asmus.

At the time, Gabrylczyk’s husband was the district superintendent. He recused himself from the issue, and the Snake River School District Board of Trustees ultimately determined Asmus didn’t violate harassment and bullying policies. The board did find that she violated the code of professional ethics for educators, however, and she was put on probation. Several months later her contract was not renewed, prompting the lawsuit.

In her lawsuit, Asmus contended that she didn’t get proper notice of the allegations against her, that she was denied due process, and that the rule defining “unprofessional conduct” was overly vague. Winmill denied those claims, and he instead granted the school district’s request for summary judgment.

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