Former Gainesville teacher accused in Aurora of ‘inappropriate behavior’; husband, former principal and coach here, resigns – Missouri News

Former Gainesville teacher accused in Aurora of ‘inappropriate behavior’; husband, former principal and coach here, resigns –  Missouri News

The Aurora High School principal, who is married to a teacher under investigation for inappropriate behavior with students, has resigned.

Superintendent Travis Shaw said Patrick “Pat” Rapert, hired two years ago, was respected and well-liked.

“He was doing an excellent job for us,” Shaw said. “We didn’t want him to resign, but he chose to for personal reasons.”

Shaw said the principal has not been accused of any wrongdoing and was not under investigation. He declined to provide any additional details about the man’s decision.

“The board accepted his resignation last Tuesday,” he said. “His resignation is effective Jan. 26.”

The resignation came less than two weeks after the 2,000-student Lawrence County district launched an internal investigation into allegations that Rapert’s wife, Jessica Rapert, a fifth-grade science and social studies teacher, engaged in inappropriate behavior with one or more high school students.

Shaw said information uncovered during the initial inquiry prompted the district to notify the Aurora Police Department, which is now spearheading the investigation. A message left with Aurora Police Chief Richard Witthuhn regarding the status of the case has not yet been returned.

The district placed Jessica Rapert on paid administrative leave, a routine step in such matters, on Jan. 5.

Shaw said in addition to working at the intermediate school, Jessica Rapert had assumed duties at the high school. The two buildings are less than one mile apart.

Jessica Rapert served as the junior class sponsor, assistant softball coach and assistant girls basketball coach.

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