The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged improper relationship between a female teacher and a male student that occurred during the 2016-’17 school year in the Zephyr school district, Sheriff Vance Hill said Thursday.
    Hill provided no additional details.
    Superintendent Stanton Marwitz said via email he was notified in July of  “an alleged inappropriate relationship between an employee and a former student of Zephyr ISD that was alleged to have occurred when the student was enrolled in ZISD.”
    Marwitz said he contacted Child Protective Services, the State Board of Educator Certification and the sheriff’s office.
    The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave and the school board held a meeting to propose termination and nonrenewal of the employee’s contract, Marwitz said.
    Minutes of a specially called Zephyr school board meeting Monday night show board members dealt with the proposed termination of an employee. Board members voted unanimously to accept Marwtiz’s recommendation to “propose termination and nonrewal” of the employee’s 2017-’18 contract.”
    By approving the motion, the minutes state, the board directs Marwitz to prepare for the board president’s signature a final notice of proposed contract termination and nonrenewal.
    Marwitz declined further comment.
    “Because this matter is the subject of an ongoing police investigation, the district is unable to provide more detail,” Marwitz said.    
    “Zephyr ISD puts the safety of its students above all else. Anyone with information of this nature should immediately contact the Zephyr Independent School District or Brown County Sheriff’s Department.”