Former baseball coach placed on leave during investigation

Jason Portz (file photo)

O’FALLON – Former O’Fallon Township High School Baseball Coach and current PE instructor Jason Portz has been placed on paid administrative leave while the school conducts an investigation into his handling of funds, according to a letter obtained by the O’Fallon Weekly through the Freedom of Information Act.

The letter, which was sent to Portz from Superintendent Dr. Darcy Benway and dated October 23, states that Portz was placed on paid administrative leave as of October 22. 

“You remain on paid administrative leave until further notice, pending the outcome of an investigation into your handling of District funds and assets as part of the OTHS Baseball program and as an employee of the District,” the letter goes on to say.

Portz is still an employee of the District and the letter stated he is still subject to the District’s rules, regulations, and directives.

Portz resigned his positions as the OTHS baseball coach and the Health, Physical Education, and Driver Safety Department Chairman on June 25 in a letter to District 203 Board of Education President Lynda Cozad. At the time, he cited personal reasons.