SENECA — According to Seneca High School, head football coach Ryan Reade's employment as a P.E./Driver's ED teacher and head football coach was not renewed at the Seneca Board of Education's Feb. 15 board meeting.
Reade was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Darien on Jan. 1. The incident took place on Interstate 55.
Reade's DUI charge was lowered to reckless driving, and he pleaded guilty on Feb. 7, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's office. He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service, and put on a 24-month conditional discharge program. Reade will also participate in a DUI monitoring program.
The Morris Daily Herald received this statement from Seneca High School on Thursday:
"At its Feb. 15, 2012 meeting, the Board of Education made decisions about the continuing employment of staff for next year, as required by law. The decision to continue the employment of staff, and the determination to grant tenure to any teacher in the district takes into consideration many factors. This is a serious and important judgment for the Board of Education to make. Not all teachers automatically qualify for tenure in the district, although they may be well-liked and have served the district well. One of the decisions made at the Board of Education meeting was not to renew the employment of one of our teachers and coaches, Ryan Reade."
"As this is a personnel decision, Seneca Township High School does not discuss details of personnel decisions."
"Seneca Township High School wishes to thank Mr. Reade for his years of service to the district and his service to Irish athletics in his many coaching roles. Ryan will continue his teaching responsibilities with us through the end of this 2011-12 school year. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Reade has been Seneca's head football coach since 2008. He had a record of 12-24 with the Fighting Irish.
Seneca athletic director Steve Haines said that, per high school policy, Seneca will try to work the coaching position in with the school's current teaching openings.
Haines said that the school will try to find a replacement quickly when reached by phone Thursday.
"The timetable, we are going to move quickly but not hastily," he said. "We're not going to go so fast that we make mistakes with this process."