126 page Propst file outlines a decade of allegations

Updated: May. 9, 2019 at 6:49 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - WALB News obtained through our NBC/ABC affiliate in Jacksonville using a Freedom of Information Act request, a personnel file on former Colquitt County High School Football Coach Rush Propst. It documents problems school administrators say they had with him since 2008.

The 126-page file includes emails and letters from principals, administrators, parents and superintendents who raised different concerns about Propst’s conduct on and off the field, and the Georgia High School Association’s concerns at football games. It also includes issues involving Probst’s taxes and letters from the Colquitt County Board of Education, reprimanding his behavior.

WALB had previously obtained documents after Colquitt County Superintendent Doug Howell conducted an internal investigation involving Propst and personnel issues.

In March, Propst issued a statement to WALB stating his side.

WALB had reached out to the Colquitt County superintendent in previous occasions, and officials declined to comment on the accusations Propst was facing.

There are also numerous documents from the Colquitt County Magistrate Court informing the coach of garnishments of his wages to settle bills he’s accused of not paying.

After a two-hour closed session, the Colquitt County Board of Education voted unanimously to fire Propst in March, after he was suspended with pay in February.

Fourteen people signed up to speak on Propst’s behalf at the meeting, and they defended Propst’s character and coaching abilities.

A current Colquitt County player asked for all current and former players in the audience to join him in presenting a petition of support for Propst to the board. The petition garnered more than 1,000 signatures in 42 hours.

After Propst was dismissed, he provided a statement outlining his side of the issue.

Propst is still being paid because of his contract despite being fired, according to a school district official.

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