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Cuyahoga Falls High School art teacher resigns

From staff reports Published: May 21, 2017 12:00 AM
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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Falls High art teacher Kerry Conti, who had been on unpaid leave since the city school district discovered she was absent from her job because she was in jail, has resigned.

Conti told Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols in a May 5 letter that her resignation takes effect May 31.

"I have enjoyed working with the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools' staff and community," Conti wrote.

Conti, 44, is currently in the Summit County jail system, finishing up a 30-day sentence in the multiple offenders program which followed a jail term that started in late March. Conti was remanded to Cuyahoga Falls Jail on March 29 for six days after Stow Municipal Court found her guilty of violating the terms and conditions of community control.

A court record states that Conti tested "positive for alcohol and [admitted] to use of alcohol." A prohibition from consuming alcohol is a standard condition of community control, according to a court official.

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When Conti appeared in court on April 3, she was sentenced to Summit County's Oriana Glenwood Jail for 47 days and was scheduled to go into Oriana's multiple offenders program on April 20 to spend 30 days there. She was also placed into more intensive substance abuse treatment and placed on SCRAM upon her release from jail and will remain on that program until the community control officer determines she has made enough progress, according to a court official.

The former teacher is scheduled to return to court on May 22.

Conti had been placed on community control for 18 months and ordered to wear a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) bracelet after she pleaded guilty in November 2016 to a charge of misdemeanor physical control, which is similar to an OVI. The SCRAM was removed on March 10, according to court records.

The charges stemmed from an arrest outside a bar in Cuyahoga Falls on May 11, 2016.

At the time of her arrest on the physical control charge last year, Conti was relieved of her duties as a teacher and placed on paid leave. According to Nichols, after an internal investigation revealed nothing to prevent her from returning to work, Nichols reinstated Conti and she returned to work in September 2016 having missed about 15 days.

Conti was placed on unpaid leave April 4 when, according to a letter to Conti signed by Nichols, the district learned she was in jail and she never "directly contacted the school district administration with regard to [her] absence."

According to the superintendent's letter, Conti called off on April 3, requesting sick leave through the district's online absence reporting system. The letter goes on to say, "court documents suggest you were ordered to appear in [Stow] Municipal Court on said day this appears to be a falsification of sick leave."

Email: fallsnewspress@recordpub.com


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