A Madison Southern High School football coach has been warned by the Office of Education Accountability (OEA) to refrain from using school property to promote a personal or commercial business, according to a March 21 report.
According to Madison County Schools Community Education Director Erin Stewart, someone had filed a complaint against Southern football coach Jon Clark to the OEA regarding his fitness and nutrition company and the use of school facilities for personal gains.
"The findings report we received asked that Coach Clark be retrained on the district's policy for use of facilities," Stewart said. "The report did not indicate any findings of wrong-doing nor did it recommend any disciplinary action."
The complaint stated that Clark had used the weightlifting facilities and football field to promote his AdvoCare company. AdvoCare is a health and wellness multi-level marketing company that sells items such as supplements, shakes and pills.
Clark, who holds a Master’s degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Sciences, has been a physical education teacher and football coach at Madison Southern High School since 2011.
The report on Clark from the OEA was obtained by the Herald-Leader through an open records request. In it, Clark denied that he has used school facilities to further his business and told investigators that he held one informational meeting in which he called a nutrition workshop on school grounds.
Also in the report, it said that at his meeting, no products were sold or distributed at the meeting and about 20 people attended free of charge, which investigators confirmed through interviews.
On his business Facebook page, the report said, “there were two photos of Clark and his wife using the high school football field and the high school weightlifting facility for their personal use," according to the Herald-Leader.
Madison County Schools has policies in place that state school facilities and property are not to be used for personal and commercial purposes. One such policy states district facilities and materials can’t be used for outside work.
Clark is now required to get three hours training on Madison County school board policy by June 1.
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