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Avon Lake High School teacher resigns after ‘concerning’ texts with student

September 28, 2018

Avon Lake High School teacher resigns after ‘concerning’ texts with student

AVON LAKE, Ohio -- A math teacher at Avon Lake High School resigned this week after the school district became aware of texts and other messages between the teacher and a student, according to a letter sent to parents.

Cleveland.com obtained a copy of the letter sent Thursday by Principal Joseph Mueller saying the school district was “recently informed about concerning communication” between a teacher and student, and “took immediate action, resulting in the teacher’s resignation.” 

“Avon Lake City Schools and its teaching staff maintains the highest standards of conduct and professional behavior,” Mueller said in the letter. “Sometimes, those standards of conduct and professional behavior are not met and the Avon Lake City Schools takes immediate and effective action to remove the staff member from the classroom and the school district, as well as following all appropriate reporting requirements of the ODE/Office of Educator Professional Conduct.”

The other math teachers are working to provide “positive, seamless instructional support for students directly affected.”

“Some additional classes will also change teachers to best serve everyone - similar to changing at the semester,” Mueller wrote. “The changes for these students will take place Monday, October 1st.” 

Guidance counselors and Pupil Services are available to provide support for students, staff and families, Mueller added.

“While disappointed, we remain committed to earning the community’s continuing trust. We will share further communication appropriately,” Mueller said at the end of the letter, signing off with “GBED!” his slogan of “get better every day.” 

“The letter pretty much says it all,” Mueller told cleveland.com and directed all further questions to the school district.

A message left for Superintendent Robert Scott was not immediately returned.

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