The Athens ISD school board accepted the resignation of an R.C. Fisher teacher who is under police investigation last Thursday in a regular meeting.

The female teacher, whose identity will be withheld pending further investigation, was placed on paid suspension June 25 for alleged sexual misconduct with a student.

No charges have been filed against the teacher.

“We’re not quite complete with that investigation,” APD Chief Buddy Hill said. “We thought that we were finished, but ... we’re still doing some digging around.”

“We’re continuing to monitor the investigation through the police station,” AISD Superintendent Fred Hayes said. “As far as her employment with us, it’s ended.”

The alleged incident, which involved a 12-year-old male student, reportedly occurred early in the morning on June 20 at the teacher’s house. The teacher brought the student to her home after an outing they went on with another teacher and two other students. The outing was not a school-related function.

The student will not be identified because he is a minor.

The incident was reportedly discovered by the teacher’s husband, and the student ran from the house. He was picked up by APD Officer Jason McIntire at Park Highland Nursing Center at around 2:30 a.m.

The incident is being investigated by APD Detective Clifton Van Cleave. The student was questioned by forensics interviewers at the Henderson County HELP Center June 20.

The teacher hired an attorney in late June. Van Cleave said her decision to hire a lawyer was “in her best interest, whether (the allegation) is true or not.”

Items approved at Thursday’s meeting include a new lock and key control procedure to enhance district security and minor changes to the Student Code of Conduct. The board also set a district tax rate hearing for 5 p.m. Aug. 9.

The trustees also approved the hiring of Athens High School science teacher Pricilla Green, AHS math teacher Michelle Gandy, Athens Middle School BIC teacher Lystra McNeil and Spanish and Athletics teacher Freddy Rincon.

They accepted the resignations of Bel Air teacher Kelli Eaton, special education counselor Dirje Smith and diagnostician Laurie Pasholk.

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