BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
Lampasas Independent School District officials issued a letter Thursday alerting parents to the firing of a substitute teacher after an accusation of inappropriate communications with a student.
According to administrators, officials were notified April 4 about an alleged inappropriate electronic and social media communication between a substitute teacher and a student who is a minor at Lampasas Middle School.
The Lampasas Police Department is investigating the issue.
On Monday, Superintendent Dr. Chane Rascoe said the substitute teacher - whose name the district did not release - began working for LISD during the 2018-2019 school year and has had assignments at multiple campuses in the district.
After the LISD conducted an internal investigation, it was determined the substitute had violated school policy, and the individual was terminated, officials said.
Lampasas police have not yet determined whether a criminal offense has taken place, Rascoe said.
“Providing our students with a safe environment is our highest priority in Lampasas ISD,” Rascoe wrote in his letter to parents and guardians. “Every report made is investigated immediately, the appropriate action is taken, and the outcomes are communicated in a transparent manner. This letter is to make you aware of such an investigation that is occurring on our middle and high school campuses.”
Rascoe assured parents in his letter that “all Lampasas ISD employees, including substitute teachers, are required to have a background check. With regard to this individual, all background checks were cleared prior to the person starting as a substitute.”