The future of a Central Union High School teacher who pleaded no contest to possessing an explosive would hinge on the outcome of a hearing, Central Union High School District Superintendent Thomas Budde said Tuesday.
The process in addressing Mike Kelsoe’s case could be a lengthy one as the district would have to seek charges of its own kind against him and set up a dismissal hearing, Budde said.
The process could take anywhere from six months to a year, Budde said.
Budde explained that the offense to which Kelsoe entered a plea is not among the set of criminal charges the state’s education code requires for a mandatory dismissal.
Certain kinds of drug charges, crimes against children and sex crimes are all offenses “the ed code” looks upon seriously, Budde said.
State credentialing officials would also have to weigh in on Kelsoe’s matter, Budde said.
Kelsoe, who has been released on his own recognizance, was among three defendants who were arrested in January on charges involving methamphetamine and the possession of explosives.
Sentencing is set for April 11. Kelsoe has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
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