BLACKFOOT, Idaho -- The Snake River School District after two days of public testimony adding up to about 14 hours must now decide whether to renew the contract of a longtime biology teacher.

About 150 people attended the six-hour hearing Monday concerning the future employment of longtime biology teacher Elaine Asmus.

The hearing was carried over from a Friday hearing that went eight hours. Both hearings ended after 11 p.m.

Officials previously opted not to renew Asmus' contract, but a due process hearing is required.

Meanwhile, some former students have rallied behind Asmus, a teacher in the district for 28 years.

The case is highly unusual because a formal complaint was filed against Asmus by another teacher who also is the wife of the superintendent of the eastern Idaho school district.

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