Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Board stops paying ex-teacher

February 16, 2000

The Lansing school board has decided to stop paying a former band teacher who faces charges in municipal court.

Last week, the Lansing school board voted to suspend the pay for Robert Duffer, according to Jan Jorgenson, acting superintendent. Duffer had been on suspension with pay.

Duffer, who has worked for the district since fall 1987, is charged in municipal court with lewd and lascivious behavior and child endangerment. The charges were filed after a female student walked into the office of the bandroom in December and allegedly saw Duffer sitting in a chair, with his pants around his ankles, according to Capt. Alan Collins, acting police chief in Lansing.

Duffer is scheduled to stand trial on the charges at 11 a.m. March 1.

In January, the school board adopted a resolution notifying Duffer that the board planned to fire him. Duffer has requested an administrative hearing on the termination of his contract.

That hearing has not been scheduled yet, according to Jorgenson.

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