GFPS Board approves Johnson's resignation - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

GFPS Board approves Johnson's resignation

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 8:33 PM Updated:

The Great Falls Public School Board voted unanimously to accept Levi Johnson's resignation on Monday during a board meeting at the Paris Gibson Education Center.

Johnson resigned in late January following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student while he taught at Great Falls High School. 

According to Superintendent Tammy Lacey, GFPS allowed Johnson to resign instead of terminating his employment, which would have used up more resources.

"When a teacher is tenured, they are guaranteed due process if you go to termination and as I've always been trained, due process do take time and so in spending that time and energy in district resources, a resignation is effective immediately," Lacey said. 

There have been no criminal charges filed against Johnson at this time.

(January 30, 2018) A Great Falls High School teacher has resigned after "substantial, credible evidence" of a sexual relationship with a student was found.

Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki confirmed to KRTV that the teacher is Levi Johnson, and the Great Falls Police Department is investigating. The student involved is 17 years old.

The age of consent in Montana is 16, which means that the actions of the teacher may not necessarily be illegal - and which is why the GFPD is continuing to investigate. As of Monday afternoon, criminal charges have not been filed.

KRTV has learned that the GFPD has requested assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the investigation.

GFPS superintendent Tammy Lacey held a brief press conference on Monday afternoon to make the announcement. Lacey did not take questions.

Lacey says that District officials were notified on Friday about the matter, and administrators took immediate action to remove the teacher from GFPS premises.

The initial investigation has determined that there is "substantial, credible evidence" that the relationship with inappropriate and sexual.

Lacey said that the teacher submitted his letter of resignation, which was accepted by the School Board.

According to Lacey, the teacher is no longer allowed on GFPS property, and has been directed to not have any contact with GFPS students. 

The School Board will take action at its February 12th meeting to consider its rights and responsibilities under Montana Code, which allows the Board to request that the Board of Public Education revoke the man's teaching certificate for "immoral conduct related to the teaching profession."

Lacey said that the District will do everything in its power to support the student who was involved, as well as any other students and staff who may have been affected.

Lacey also said: "I am livid that this teacher made these decisions that have led to this announcement today." She added: "Please know that the actions of this one teacher in no way, shape, or form represents the rest of GFPS."

We will update you as we get more information.

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