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Libertyville band director fired for relationship with student

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LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The band director at a north suburban high school was fired Monday night for having an inappropriate physical relationship with an 18-year-old student when she attended the school several years ago.

Community High School District 128 Supt. Prentiss Lea said the district is also seeking to revoke the teaching credentials of Jeff Daeschler through the Illinois State Board of Education, the Lake County News-Sun is reporting.

"Although legal requirements prevent us from revealing specific information about the investigative process, we handled this matter with the utmost urgency it deserved and immediately followed all legally required reporting and investigative protocols," Lea said.

"Mr. Daeschler was immediately removed from his teaching duties pending the final outcome of the investigation. "

He said the decision to dismiss Daeschler, who took over as Libertyville High band director in 2010, was based "on the weight and validity of investigative evidence."

"He was always bright-eyed, and well-liked by the kids," said one band parent, noting officials have been "really tight-lipped at the school" since Daeschler went on administrative leave in November. "One line of thought had him away to look after a sick relative," the parent added.

Lea said officials will be available to meet with parents at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the LHS Studio Theatre,.

He said allegations raised against Daeschler "are often frustrating because investigative and legal requirements prevent us from being as forthcoming" with parents during the investigative process.

"In addition, in a substantiated case like this, there is a victim," Lea said. "We want to do everything possible to protect her identity, so that she is not victimized again through public exposure of her identity throughout and after the process."

A Libertyville police spokesman said the department's School Resource Officer interviewed the student and there was no basis for criminal charges because the young woman was an adult.

Lea said District 128 officials will "continue to act quickly to thoroughly investigate any allegation of inappropriate behavior by our staff toward students, and we will rely on the investigative evidence to render a final determination."

As for the band program, Lea said Daeschler's classes are being taught by music instructors from Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools, and officials are in discussion with former Director Don Shupe, who retired in 2010, about his return to the program in February.

He said the district will be posting the open band director position for the 2013-14 school year.

According to Daeschler's online profile, his teaching responsibilities included Freshman Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble and The Marching Wildcats. He also directed Jazz Ensemble II.

Prior to his arrival at Libertyville, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he served as the conductor of the University Band, assistant conductor of the historic Summer Band, assistant director of the Basketball Band, on the staff of the Marching Illini and an instructor of conducting.

He also was a supervisor of pre-service teaching experiences for undergraduate instrumental music education majors. During that same time he completed coursework for a doctor of education in Music Education degree. As a teacher at the university, he achieved "outstanding" status on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students.

From 2003-08, Daeschler served as director of bands at Stagg High School in southwest suburban Palos Hills where he guided all aspects of the instrumental music program. Prior to Stagg he was the band/choir director at downstate Rantoul Township High School.

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