Teacher re-assignments at Estero High remain a mystery

Posted at 10:52 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 06:52:40-04

ESTERO, FLA — A pair of teachers at Estero High School have been reassigned while the school district conducts an investigation.

Jeff Hanlon has been removed as head football coach for the Wildcats. His wife Marjorie was also moved from her position as a math teacher at the school.

Hanlon’s players were shocked when the school district named an interim head coach. “Coach Hanlon was a good coach,” said Austin Smith, a junior wide receiver. “He was very motivational,” he added.

Hanlon won’t be on the field when his team takes on Lemon Bay High School on Friday at 7PM.

“We just got a meeting on Friday from the principal saying that Coach Hanlon was under review from the district for something that happened Friday night against East Lee,” said Smith.

Parents also had to find out through the grapevine about the pair of reassignments.

“I haven’t heard a word about it,” said one mother as she picked up her children from school.

4 In Your Corner reached out to the Lee County School District to find out why the Hanlons are being investigated.

A spokesperson wrote in an email, “As it is an active investigation, we cannot comment further. The district follows a process in every investigation to ensure compliance with board policies, statutory requirements and the employee’s due process rights.”

In the meantime, the football team just wants to let the investigation play out.

“We will keep moving forward,” said Jason Lopez, a defensive lineman. “They keep telling us he’ll be back soon,” he added.

The school district named Brian Vojcak as interim head coach. Vojcak will coach the team for Friday’s upcoming game against Lemon Bay.