Early Thursday, The Gazette was made aware of posts circulating on social media alleging inappropriate and sexually-charged behavior toward students by an instructor at Emporia High School.
During a closed executive session at Wednesday’s meeting of the Emporia Public Schools Board of Education, board members voted unanimously to terminate the contract of Tyler Bosiljevac, who taught social studies at the high school.
The district could not confirm whether the decision was related to the aforementioned allegations.
“As you are aware, we do not comment or share information on specific personnel issues,” Emporia Public Schools Director of Community Relations Lyndel Landgren said. “Know, however, that we do take all concerns and allegations seriously. When this concern was brought to our attention last week, we acted quickly and took appropriate initial action.”
A separate call to the Emporia Police Department confirmed there is an ongoing investigation involving a teacher at the high school.
Both former and current students at EHS alleged receiving inappropriate messages and commentsfrom the teacher.
According to Board of Education USD 253 Teacher Termination No. 2020-13, publicly available on www.usd253.org, Bosiljevac’s employment was terminated effective immediately for the following:
Failing to demonstrate sound professional judgment;
Violating Board Policy GAAC, Sexual Harassment, which prohibits sexual harassment;
Violating Board Policy GAF Staff-Student Relations, which requires staff members to maintain professional relationships with students which are conducive to an effective education environment;
Violating Board Policy GBU Ethics, which requires an educator to recognize the basic dignities of all individuals with whom he interacts in the performance of his duties;
Violating Board Policy EBB, which addresses the provision of a safe environment for students while in school attendance; and
Failing to maintain a positive learning environment for students.
The full resolution can be found at go.boarddocs.com/ks/usd253/Board.nsf/files/BM7NBH5EBE44/$file/2.%20Teacher%20Termination%20Resolution%202020-13%20(3).pdf
We will continue to update this story as more information is released.