Highland teacher fired for inappropriate conduct with a student
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent November 23, 2011 9:28AM
Sam Fies appears in a 2008 Griffith (Ind.) High School yearbook as a swim coach. Yearbook photographed Wednesday November 23, 2011. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 23, 2011 12:33PM
HIGHLAND -- The School Town of Highland has fired Highland High School teacher Samuel Fies for inappropriate conduct with a female student.
The Board of Trustees at an early Wednesday morning meeting voted 5-0 to reject a letter of resignation Fies submitted; subsequently, the board voted 5-0 to terminate Fies’ contract with the school. Superintendent Michael Boskovich and Highland High School Principal Patrick Weil recommended Fies’ contract be terminated immediately.
The administration first received reports of the allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student in mid-October, Boskovich said in a statement read at the meeting, and Fies was placed on administrative while it, in conjunction with the Highland Police Department, conducted a full investigation.
“The entire School Town of Highland is saddened and disturbed by these events,” Boskovich said in the statement. “We pride ourselves in putting our students first, and we will continue to work to build and maintain the trust of our community.
“The swift and decisive action taken by the School Board of Trustees affirms their commitment to provide all of our students with the best and most appropriate education to ensure their well-being.”
The Highland Police Department will file charges against Fies with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office later today, Highland Cmdr. George Georgeff said.