The song is over for teacher accused of bad behavior
Aspen Times Staff Writer
The Aspen School Board voted Monday to accept the resignation of a teacher accused of consuming alcohol at a student party in October.
Band teacher Micah Harford was placed on paid administrative leave last year after the allegations surfaced. Harford was also accused of driving a student home when they became too drunk to drive.
The teacher was also, among other things, accused of inappropriate behavior during field trips. He reportedly took a group of middle schoolers to a Hooters restaurant on one occasion and wore only his underwear in front of students during a rafting trip.
Harford never denied attending the student party, but told district administrators that he did so out of concern for student drinking. He also said the group of students he took to Hooters were from the high school, not the middle school.
The teacher also said he wore short shorts, not his underwear, in front of students on the rafting trip.
All teachers placed on administrative leave are legally allotted up to 100 days of paid leave before a decision is made concerning their performance. Harford’s administrative leave would have ended on Feb. 28.
Harford requested a hearing in front of the school board last month to discuss the charges against him. But he did not appear for the Jan. 21 meeting.
District Superintendent Tom Farrell didn’t comment on the board’s decision Monday night, saying only that the board accepted Harford’s resignation after a short discussion in executive session.
The school district has already hired a temporary replacement for Harford, an instructor on loan from a private school in Denver. District officials will decide later this spring how to permanently fill the position.
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