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Richard L. Colbert and J. Christopher Anderson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellants, Lawrence County Education Association and Jerry Taylor.

Paul B. Plant and J. Christopher Williams, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, for the appellees, Lawrence County Board of Education and Larry Morrow, Director of Schools.

Judge: WADE

Jerry Taylor, a tenured teacher in Lawrence County, and the Lawrence County Education Association brought this action against the Lawrence County Board of Education, primarily seeking the reinstatement of Taylor's additional role as head girls' baske tball coach at Loretto High School but also asking for other relief. Both sides filed motions for summary judgment. After granting the motion filed by Taylor and the Education Association, the judge approved back pay for 2001-2002, ordered that Taylor s hould have been considered as the incumbent coach for 2002-2003, and directed pay for that year as well. The judge declined to reinstate Taylor as coach. The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment but ruled that teacher transfers, including the reassign ment of a coach to full- time teaching responsibilities, were within the exclusive authority of the director of schools and not a proper subject of the collective bargaining process. We granted review to determine what remedies, if any, were available to Taylor and the Education Association. We hold that the director of schools has the statutory authority to "transfer" teachers, including the re-assignment of a tenured teacher with coaching responsibilities to a full-time teaching position when necessary for the efficient operation of the system; however, the subject of teacher transfer may be addressed in the collective bargaini ng process under our statutes, and the powers of a director in that regard are subject to both the terms of any contract and to board policy. Nevertheless, the director retains the power to transfer a tenured teacher as to their coaching responsibilities, without regard to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, so long as that transfer does not affect the employee's position as a teacher. This is because a coach does not fall under the statutory definition of a "professional employee." While Ta ylor, in his capacity as coach, was not entitled to an arbitration hearing on his transfer from coaching under the collective bargaining agreement, the board of education, by adopting the recommendations of the arbitrator, established a policy granting ri ghts to Taylor which he would not have otherwise possessed. Because the binding nature of the arbitrator's decision is not in dispute, Taylor is entitled to a partial summary judgment in that he should receive the coaching supplement for the school year 2001-2002 and should have been treated as the "incumbent coach" for assignment purposes in 2002- 2003. In that regard, the judgment is affirmed. There are, however, genuine issues of material fact as to whether Taylor, despite his incumbency status, was properly transferred to a full-time teacher in 2002-2003 in accordance with statutory guidelines; therefore, the award of the coaching supplement for that school year must be set aside, and the cause is remanded for trial as to whether the transfer was arbitrary, capricious, or the subject of improper motivation, as prohibited by law. Any entitlement to the coaching supplement for 2002-2 003 or other remedy depends upon the propriety of the transfer under the statute and under the collective bargaining agreement, as modified by the board's action.


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