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Education

Downers Grove North teacher resigns following sexual harassment allegation

William Miller relinquished teaching license in separation agreement with school board

The Community High School District 99 Board of Education on Dec. 11 accepted the voluntary resignation of William Miller, the band director at Downers Grove North High School, following an allegation that he sexually harassed a student about two decades ago.
The Community High School District 99 Board of Education on Dec. 11 accepted the voluntary resignation of William Miller, the band director at Downers Grove North High School, following an allegation that he sexually harassed a student about two decades ago.

DOWNERS GROVE – The Community High School District 99 Board of Education on Dec. 11 accepted the voluntary resignation of William Miller, the band director at Downers Grove North High School, following an allegation that he sexually harassed a student about two decades ago.

Miller, a District 99 employee since 1995, forfeited his teaching license and agreed not to teach in a K-12 setting, Superintendent Hank Thiele said in a Dec. 11 email sent to district students, families and staff.

Miller was placed on administrative leave following the allegation, which was made by Jennifer Boudinot, a 1999 Downers Grove North graduate, who now lives in New York. In a Nov. 20 Facebook post, Boudinot said a teacher allegedly sexually harassed her and her friends. She did not name the teacher at the time.

“Prior to accepting his resignation, we conducted an investigation with the limited information available to us,” Thiele said. “We are unable to share details on any personnel matters related to current or former employees. We will continue to cooperate fully with the Downers Grove Police Department. Their investigation remains open; no charges have been filed to date.”

Thiele added there is no time limit for reporting a complaint against any staff member.

“Our door is always open to support our staff and students whether they currently attend our schools or have graduated,” Thiele said in the email.

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