Meeting ends in teacher’s departure

By Megan Moser

A teacher at Riley County High School has agreed to leave the classroom after a special meeting of the USD 378 school board Monday night.

The reasons behind the decision were not immediately clear.

The meeting addressed what the board would only call a “personnel issue” regarding Shelby Muha, who has been employed by the district as a family and consumer sciences teacher for seven years. The board and its legal counsel went into executive session repeatedly over the course of a nearly two-hour meeting before returning without taking action and moving on to the next agenda item.

Afterward, Muha’s lawyer, Grant Bannister, said Muha had reached an agreement with the school board that it would honor her contract through the remainder of the school year, but she would not continue to teach.

The issue was first presented at the board’s Nov. 5 meeting, where dozens of people attended and 13 people spoke in support of Muha, according the minutes of the board’s meeting. At least 30 people also attended Tuesday’s meeting to support her.

Neither the student nor her parents have been identified.

Acquaintances told The Mercury that the incident arose after a student confided in Muha about something illegal that the student said had happened to her, and Muha reported the allegation to the school resource officer. How that was related to the question of Muha’s employment was not made clear by board members or district officials.

She had been on suspension for more than three weeks prior to the meeting.

Muha is a master’s student at K-State, and will continue to pursue her degree.

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