Superintendent out amid abuse allegations against Tri-West High School football coach
The superintendent of the North West Hendricks School Corporation has left the school district amid allegations that the Tri-West High School head football coach abused a female student.
The school board approved Michael Springer's departure from the school district Tuesday, Springer confirmed to IndyStar. He declined to comment further.
The separation comes amid allegations that Tri-West football coach Tyler Bruce molested and abused a female student and threatened to retaliate if she told anyone. Allegations against Bruce are detailed in a tort claim notice dated Aug. 6.
Bruce has been under investigation by the Hendricks County Sheriff's Office and the Indiana Department of Child Services since a school resource officer submitted a tip to the sheriff's office in May. Bruce has denied the allegations, and he has not been charged with a crime. He is on paid administrative leave.
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In July, the school board unanimously denied a recommendation to fire Bruce. In an August statement, the board said it didn't fire him because of "the preponderance of evidence delivered at the employee's requested conference with the school board."
The statement did not elaborate on what evidence was presented at the conference. Jim Diagostino, president of the school board, did not elaborate on the evidence when IndyStar reached him by email in August.
The Indiana Department of Education also seeks to revoke Bruce's teaching licenses. The department stated in a complaint filed Sept. 6 that Bruce "committed acts that involve immorality, misconduct in office, incompetency, and/or willful neglect of duty."
Bruce is a 2007 graduate of Tri-West High School and has coached the Bruins the past two seasons. He was the offensive coordinator in 2016 before replacing former coach Chris Coll, who was hired at Franklin. Bruce was the quarterback of the 2004 Class 2A state championship team and went on to play at Western Kentucky University.
Jason Ward has been managing day-to-day operations of the Tri-West football program. The Lizton, Indiana, high school is located about 27 miles northwest of Downtown Indianapolis.
Diagostino did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Tuesday.
IndyStar reporter Kyle Neddenriep contributed to this report.