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Board fires Mercer County driver's ed teacher for sleeping on the job, harassing females

Board fires Mercer County driver's ed teacher for sleeping on the job, harassing females

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A driver’s education teacher in the Mercer County School District has been fired for falling asleep on the job and also acting in an inappropriate manner toward female students and making unwelcome comments to female staff members.

The district Board of Education approved a resolution for dismissal concerning Dan Correll on Wednesday night. He had taught in the consolidated school district for two years. Prior to that, he taught in the Westmer School District, which merged with Aledo.

“After hearing the evidence provided by the board and also hearing input from Mr. Correll and his representatives, the board adopted a resolution to dismiss him,” Superintendent Alan Boucher said. “Mr. Correll is entitled to request that a dismissal hearing be scheduled to appeal the board’s decision and if he does submit a request, the Illinois State Board of Education will appoint a hearing officer to consider the causes and charges against Mr. Correll.”

Correll could not be reached for comment.

Among the information included in an eight-page resolution for dismissal:

• “During the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years, Dan Correll fell asleep on several different occasions in the driver’s education vehicle while students were driving during the driver’s education behind the wheel training creating a safety hazard and endangering the students, Correll and the general public.”

• “During the 2010-2011 school year, Dan Correll fell asleep during classroom driver’s education instruction.”

• “During the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years, Dan Correll made inappropriate and unwelcome comments to several female staff members which made them very uncomfortable and embarrassed.”

• “During the 2010-2011 school year, Dan Correll acted in an inappropriate manner towards female students which made them uncomfortable and embarrassed on more than one occasion.”

Correll has not been charged criminally.

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