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Schools accept accused administrator's resignation


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- An administrator accused of having sex with a student and giving her drugs and alcohol is no longer with the Dubuque Community School District.

The school board unanimously accepted the resignation of Hempstead High School Assistant Principal Shane Oswald Monday night. He is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and distributing drugs and alcohol to a minor.

Despite the fact the school board was already considering Oswald's termination, with steps coming up just this week, there were financial and legal questions before the board voted. With both categories considered, the board and district officials are confident in accepting the resignation and moving on.

On Friday, Oswald's attorney phone the school district's attorney and then sent the district a resignation letter, with no explanation offered, or needed.

"It's not required, and this did not indicate any. It was very short. Two sentences that he would like to resign his position immediately with no conditions," District Human Resources Executive Director Stan Rheingans said.

Oswald was set to have a hearing with a special judge this week to decide if he should be fired. Now, with the resignation, district officials say they'll save that time and money.

"The district would have incurred further costs by going through the hearing process both in our attorney fees and cost of having an administrative law judge come to town and also the expense that would happen with continuing to pay Mr. Oswald's contract until a decision was made approximately a month from now," Rheingans said.

Court documents show Oswald's salary was $84,000 a year, which the district has been paying since he was put on paid administrative leave when investigations began in January.

Another advantage for the district, officials say the matter is now absolutely closed.

"With a resignation, no opportunity for appeal or anything like that. It ends tonight," Rheingans said.

Even with the resignation, the state board in charge of educator licensing will continue investigating Oswald. Officials say the board could do a number of things, including taking away his license, if determined appropriate.

Oswald's trial is set to begin in August. Oswald faces up to 16 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for his charges.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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