WEST FARGO — Police here plan to hold a 2 p.m. press conference today to discuss the investigation into former West Fargo teacher Ronald Thompson.
Thompson, a former teacher for the Career and Technology Education department and advisor for the Technology Student Association, submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately on Tuesday, Feb. 2, after police secured a search warrant for his property.
The school board accepted Thompson's resignation without discussion as part of their consent agenda at a regular board meeting Monday, Feb. 8.
Police and school officials did not comment on the nature of the investigation, but police said the investigation was not related to Thompson's teaching job.
"When the West Fargo Police Department contacted West Fargo Public Schools to serve a warrant to Mr. Thompson on Feb. 2, they shared that they had no indication that what they were investigating was connected to the school district," Leas said. "In a follow-up meeting that occurred this morning (Feb. 9) between the police department and school district, we were once again reassured that their investigation has not uncovered any connections to West Fargo Public Schools."
Superintendent Beth Slette has said families were not notified en masse about Thompson's resignation because there is apparently no connection to the school district.
"If a connection is discovered during the investigation, the district will work with the police department to notify families and staff," Leas said. "Unless that were to occur, this is a matter not within the scope of the district’s authority to speak to. Where the district is concerned, this is a personnel matter; that, coupled with law enforcement's open investigation, is why we are unable to comment further at this time."