HARLEM SHAKE: Mound Westonka activities director resigns - KMSP-TV

HARLEM SHAKE: Mound Westonka activities director resigns

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MOUND, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Westonka school board approved resignation of activities director Dion Koltes on Monday in the wake of the decision to suspend six hockey players who participated in the "Harlem Shake" on school grounds.

Mound-Westonka Superintendent Kevin Borg released a statement Tuesday to provide clarity on the agreement, in which the board agreed to pay Koltes $25,881, the amount he would have received for the remainder of the school year through June 30, 2013. The final year of his contract, which would have ended June 30, 2014, will not be covered.

"The Board reached this agreement to avoid any potential dispute related to the employment agreement and so that both parties could move forward in an amicable fashion," Borg's statement said. "The Board believes that this agreement is in the best interests of the district."

The agreement also precludes Koltes from filing a lawsuit against the district.

Six varsity hockey players were suspended after performing their own rendition of the viral Internet dance, which they said was sanctioned by a teacher. The suspensions were ordered just a few hours before a critical playoff matchup, and a short-handed roster ended their season.

Outraged parents called for their police citations to be revoked, and a lift of the students' two-day suspension.

The district hasn't detailed the decision behind the suspension, but Koltes has taken the hit. It is still unclear what role he played in the suspensions, and Borg told FOX 9 News privacy laws prohibit him from talking during the district's internal investigation.

FOX 9 News attempted to contact Koltes for this story but was unable to contact him.

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