Ironwood H.S. teacher fighting for job after student drowns on his watch

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A West Valley teacher is fighting to keep his job after a student drowned in a high school swimming pool on his watch.

Jesse Prado, a sophomore, drowned during gym class at Ironwood High School earlier this year. The board of the Peoria Unified School District said Tim McKee, a P.E. teacher who has been at Ironwood for nearly a decade, failed to adequately supervise his students.

The board decided to move forward with McKee's dismissal in August, but McKee took his case to Superior Court. A judge said the courts could not step in because the board has not officially fired McKee yet.

McKee, who has been on paid administrative leave since May, said the district shares the blame for Prado's death because neither he nor the other teacher on duty when Prado drowned are certified life guards.

A board hearing on McKee's future is under way. There's no word on when the termination hearing might conclude.