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June 11, 2014

Logansport terminates Kayla Skaggs' teacher contract

District superintendent says she's glad to move forward

Kayla Skaggs' teaching contract with Logansport Community Schools has officially been canceled after action taken Tuesday by the school board.

The 24-year-old was arrested April 17 on charges of child seduction in a case involving a 17-year-old male student. He was not her student. Skaggs was in her first year as a special needs teacher at Logansport High School.

Superintendent Michele Starkey said Skaggs hadn’t been working for the school since her arrest.

Tuesday’s vote was the final action in terminating Skaggs. A teacher’s contract guarantees due process, meaning the teacher can request meetings with the superintendent and the school board, separately, to make an appeal.

Skaggs requested those meetings, which are designated to occur within specific time frames before a final decision is made. She met with Starkey on May 8 and with the school board on June 3, said board president Mike McCord.

An executive session was held June 5 to discuss the termination of the contract.

McCord said the decision to end Skaggs' contract was unanimous.

“Our primary goal in these schools is the safety of our children,” McCord said.

Starkey agreed.

“I’m not going to have someone working for me who’s had an inappropriate relationship with a student,” Starkey said. “I don’t care how old the student is. It’s not right.”

The case is now solely in legal hands.

“It’s all done for us,” Starkey said. “It’s nice to have it over.”

Skaggs' pretrial conference is set for 9 a.m. June 16 in Cass County Superior Court II. Her final pretrial conference is set for July 7, and a jury trial is 8:30 a.m. July 23. Skagg’s bonded out of jail shortly after her arrest.

Neither Skaggs or her attorney, Jim Brugh, were present at Tuesday’s meeting.

Reach Ben Middelkamp at ben.middelkamp@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117.

 

 

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