By Rick Palsgrove
A 37-year-old Groveport Madison High School business teacher resigned amid allegations she had inappropriate contact with a student.
On Oct. 4, Groveport Madison Schools officials delivered a letter to the teacher notifying her she was being placed on paid administrative leave because of an “allegation of conduct unbecoming of a coach/educator; and an allegation of improper relationship/physical contact with a student.”
The teacher (who is not being named as no charges have been formally filed against her at this time) resigned her position on Oct. 7. Her letter cited “personal reasons” for her resignation. The teacher originally began working for the school district in the 2018-19 school year.
When asked how old the student is who was allegedly involved in the allegations, Groveport Madison Communications and Community Relations Director Jeff Warner said that information could not be released.
In a press release dated Oct. 7, Groveport Madison officials said, “…the district was informed that a Groveport Madison High School staff member was alleged to have had inappropriate contact with a student. Groveport Madison Schools takes allegations of this nature very seriously and we have taken immediate action. The staff member was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of internal and police investigations.”
The teacher was directed to remain off school grounds and was also directed not to have any contact with students or school district employees without the written authorization of the superintendent.
The district’s press release further stated, “As required by law, the district has notified all appropriate authorities, including Groveport Police and Franklin County Children’s Services. We will fully cooperate with all investigating agencies.”
Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier said that the Obetz Police Department is the law enforcement agency handling the case.
According to a police report provided by the Obetz Police Department, the alleged incidents occurred this past summer at hotels in Obetz and Canal Winchester.
The case remains under investigation by the Obetz Police.
“No charges have been filed yet,” said Obetz Police Chief Mike Confer. “We are still in the interview process.”