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Teacher fired – sort of – over vaccine mandate


November 10, 2021

Benny Westcott

School board members, from left, Dale Keene, Kevin Hill, Jim Gourley and Mike Reynolds listen during the meeting in which Tina Tressel's case was discussed Monday night.

The Sweet Home School District Board voted 7-2 Monday, Nov. 8, to dismiss Holley Elementary resource room/special education teacher Tina Tressel for not providing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submitting a religious or medical exemption, but to rehire her once the vaccine mandate ends.

Voting to dismiss Tressel were board members Dale Keene, Kevin Hill, Jim Gourley, Mike Reynolds, Jason Redick, Debra Brown and Janice Albert. Opposed were Jason Van Eck and Sarah Hoffman.

Superintendent Lisa Riggs recommended the board dismiss Tressel on the grounds of insubordination and neglect...

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