JaRon Dent submits letter of resignation

 JaRon Dent thanks a supporter at the April 23 school board meeting. (O’Fallon Weekly File Photo)

O’FALLON – In a special meeting held Wednesday evening, the District 203 Board of Education accepted the resignation of teacher JaRon Dent. 

Dent, who has been on administrative leave for the past two months as the district performs an investigation into him, submitted a short letter to the District stating he was resigning from his position effective May 24, 2019. 

While the school district cannot comment as to the nature of the investigation, documents and reports obtained by the Weekly from the O’Fallon Police Department reveal that the investigation into Dent could revolve around allegations of improper conduct with and grooming of female students. 

The reports detailed a history of text messaging with students and allegations of improper touching. Security footage from the high school obtained by the police showed Dent walking through the halls with his arm around a student. 

While a number of supporters attended the April 23 board meeting and spoke on his behalf, no one was present at the meeting Wednesday night, including Dent or union representatives. 

The board unanimously voted to accept the resignation. 

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