Fairfield teacher's contract terminated following alleged racial remarks

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - The Fairfield City School District has terminated the contract of a freshman school teacher following allegations that he told a black student who said he wanted to become president that the nation doesn't need another black president.

At a meeting on Thursday evening, the Fairfield City School District's Board of Education voted 4-0 to terminate the continuing contract of teacher Gil Voigt. One Board member was absent.

Voigt has been on unpaid leave since December 24, 2013.

Voigt, a science teacher, reportedly responded to a student who said he wanted to be president by saying that our country does not need another black president.

"It's not something we're going to tolerate," said Fairfield school board member Don Nuss, who voted with the board to suspend Voigt and to recommend his termination.

Voigt told school officials he was misquoted. He says he commented that the country couldn't afford another president like Barack Obama, but that skin color had nothing to do with his observation to the student who wants to be president. Voigt is white.

On April 11, Referee's Report from Gregory S. Page, an attorney assigned by the Ohio Department of Education to make a recommendation to the Fairfield Board of Education, was received by both the Fairfield City School District and Voigt. The report recommended the termination of Voigt.

"The District felt that the evidence was sufficient to support the termination of Mr. Voigt's employment," said Superintendent Paul Otten. "The referee recommended such termination, and the Board has concurred."

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