In the case of Hykes v. The Board of Edn. of the Bellevue City School Dist., 2012-Ohio-6059, an assistant superintendent appealed the termination of his contract under R.C. 3319.16. McGown & Markling represented the school board in this case. On appeal, the state appellate court agreed with McGown & Markling’s arguments and held that it was not error for the referee or the board to conclude that termination was justified due to willful and persistent violations of school board policy and other good and just cause.