Cherokee sixth grade teacher Terry Rasmussen, who was convicted on drug paraphernalia charges, made an official request to resign from his position just prior to a closed hearing which would have been held last Thursday to determine the fate of his career
Rasmussen, who was contracted with the Cherokee School District at a salary of $35,7891 per year, had been teaching in Cherokee since 1986. The drug charges were filed against him in February and he officially filed a request for a closed hearing.
Rasmussen's resignation negated any need for the hearing, which was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. last Thursday. According to Cherokee Superintendent Marlin Lode, Rasmussen's decision was termed as an "eleventh hour resignation."
In a press release issued by the Cherokee School District, Rasmussen resigned after receiving a list of witnesses and exhibits in support of Lode's recommendation. Lode expressed his satisfaction with the issue's resolution, noting that it conformed to his recommendation's objective. The testimony would have involved a number of teachers from the district who would have had to testify on behalf of Lode's recommendation.
"This brings closure to the issue and saves the district additional legal expenses, staff and administrative time. A hearing of this nature is disruptive to the educational process," Lode said.