USD 231 terminates contract with Advanced Technical Center teacher

After two special meetings held Tuesday, Jan.17 and Thursday, Jan. 19 the Gardner Edgerton school board unanimously voted to fire Nick Prutsman for breach of contract.

Prutsman was a lead automotive technology instructor at the advanced technical center.

School Board members unanimously voted at the Tuesday, Jan. 17 meeting to suspend Prutsman without pay effective immediately.

Then the Johnson County District Attorney’s office issued charges on Thursday, Jan. 19 against the former teacher for alleged criminal conduct involving sexual exploitation of a student. He has been charged with two felony counts.

Each count alleges the crime involved an individual under the age of 18 and took place “on or about the 10th through 11th of December, 2022.”

The District said they were notified of the allegations on Dec. 12, 2022 and immediately removed him from the school campus and classroom.

In a letter sent out to parents, the district said, “In no way does USD 231 tolerate such misconduct and acted as quickly as possible to support those involved.”

“Although not privy to the ongoing criminal investigation details, the District has worked carefully, following laws and District policies, to fully cooperate with law enforcement in their investigation,” the District said in their letter sent to parents.

The District said student and staff safety is their top priority and request if anyone suspects inappropriate behavior in any school or classroom to immediately notify the principal or law enforcement.

Tom Reddin, board president, said at the Thursday, Jan. 19 special meeting he wanted