Glenwood teacher resigns after being placed on administrative leave

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

A popular teacher and speech coach at Glenwood Community High School has resigned after being place on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

Russell Crouch, who has taught history at the high school since 2006, tendered his resignation two days after being placed on paid administrative leave. The Glenwood School Board accepted Crouch’s resignation at a May 22 special board meeting. Crouch was not present at the meeting.

Glenwood Superintendent Devin Embray declined to disclose the reason for Crouch’s leave or what prompted the investigation, saying only it was “a personnel matter.”

Heidi Stanley, who in the principal at Glenwood Middle School, is heading up the investigation into the matter. Stanley is the district’s Level I investigator for the high school. According to the Iowa Department of Education Chapter 102, a Level I investigator is appointed by the school board to investigate allegations or reports of abuse of students by school employees.

Stanley could not be reached for comment.

No criminal charges have been filed against Crouch as of May 27 but Glenwood Chief of Police Eric Johansen did confirm his department is investigating.

Messages left for Crouch were not returned.