EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is from a Dayton Daily News investigation revealing public officials from across Ohio, including five from our region, were reprimanded by the Ohio Ethics Commission last year for ethics violations. Go here to read the full story.
Springboro School Board Member David Stuckey was reprimanded by the Ohio Ethics Commission in August 2018 for voting on matters affecting the district’s athletic department while serving as a volunteer football coach, according to an ethics settlement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.
Stuckey was a teacher and coach in the district before he retired in 2013. He then joined the school board in 2014. In 2016, he agreed to become head coach of the freshman football team, an unpaid position. Stuckey spoke to district administration, who got the go-ahead from the district’s attorneys for him to serve in both roles, the settlement agreement says.
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But the ethics commission found the relationship violated ethics laws. The commission noted, however, that Stuckey stopped voting on athletic department matters in March 2017 and all sports-related matters he voted on prior to that passed 5-0, so none hinged on his vote. He also received no compensation as coach.
Stuckey didn’t return messages from the Dayton Daily News seeking comment.
District spokesman Scott Marshall said the district self-reported the issue to the ethics commission and Stuckey remains the school board president with support from his fellow board members.