Garfield High School’s Athletic Director has been on administrative leave since October following violations of the football team’s eligibility rules. Following a FOIA request, Seattle Times reports that Jim Valiere was officially fired by the school district April 11 following a lengthy investigation, including allegations he misused district funds and awarded grades to athletes that were not earned.
From Seattle Times:
The investigation alleged that Valiere provided 19 Garfield athletes with “secret waivers” that allowed those students to participate in sports without following pay-for-play rules. That action was deemed to be an improper gift of district funds.
The investigation also alleged that Valiere awarded two students grades for an independent-study Spanish class they did not earn. Both students told an investigator they didn’t do coursework to justify the grades, the letter said.
The investigation also alleged that Valiere misled the KingCo Conference and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) by underreporting the number of ineligible Garfield football players who participated against Sammamish. It also alleged that Valiere hired a club soccer coach as a boys assistant in violation of WIAA rules.
However, Valiere maintains that he has been unfairly maligned and has requested an open hearing to dispute the findings.
“I don’t think there ever was, really, an investigation,” Valiere said. “The investigation they had going was just to find more dirt to try and bury me.”