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Fired Estero cheer coach never asked to give her side

Fired Estero cheer coach never asked to give her side

By Matt Grant. CREATED Dec 13, 2011

ESTERO, Fla. - Was the Estero High School cheer coach and Hooters waitress fired without getting a fair shake?

Superintendent Joseph Burke never got Nicole Zivich's side of the story because he didn't think it was necessary, according to Lee County school board member Don Armstrong who called her firing a "big mistake."

"He said they already talked to the principal and he didn't feel he needed to talk to her," recalled Armstrong. "I'm dissapointed."

But not as dissapointed as Zivich who wrote Burke an email before she was fired but never heard back.

"I still think they should have asked me," said Zivich. "Even if their decision was final, they still should have asked me for my side."

Zivch plans to sue the mother who flooded the district with a barrage of criticisms against her, Sue Jacobse, along with board member Jeanne Dozier, who she believes lobbied to have her fired.

The district says they don't comment on personnel matters.

"What happened is not right," said Zicich. "It shouldn't have happened. And the way it happened is completely wrong."

Many of Zivich's former cheerleaders also feel her firing was wrong and have quit in protest. Zivich says she feels guilty but also grateful they are still cheering her on.

"I'm so proud of them," said Zivich. "I really am.. The way they handled themelves is amazing."

Zivich says her lawsuits are more about sending a message than getting her job back.

She still wants to coach and is considering applying for jobs in Collier County.

Matt Grant