UPDATE: Caldwell HS teacher arrested

CALDWELL, TX - A Caldwell High School teacher arrested on charges of having an improper relationship with a student has resigned from her position.

The Caldwell Independent School District received a letter of resignation from Ms. Jaime Goforth on February 15. Superintendent Andrew Peters accepted her resignation on the same day, on behalf of the district. 

Peters also said in a recently-released statement:

"Caldwell ISD is aware of the troubling allegations reported in connection with the arrest of Ms. Goforth. We have reviewed our hiring procedures in this instance.  We performed the usual criminal background check, as we do for all teachers.  There existed in the information gathered in the employment screening process no indication of any potential concerns.  The district has over two hundred employees that are committed to teaching and serving the 1800 students in our district. In the rare instances that our employees make poor decisions, Caldwell ISD takes swift and effective action to protect our students.  Despite the fact that we have ended the employment of this individual, we will continue to cooperate with authorities who are working on this issue, including the Burleson County District Attorney and the Texas Education Agency."

The district has secured the services of a retired science teacher to teach high school science for the remaining school year.

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A Caldwell High School teacher has been arrested on charges of having an improper relationship with a student.

The Burleson County Sheriff's Office reports having begun the investgation after being notified by school officials back on February 2nd regarding the alleged relationship between 37-year-old Jamie Lynn Goforth and a 15-year-old male student going back to October of 2017.

Deputies got an arrest warrant for Goforth February 9 and began trying to find her, only to determine that she might have left the county.

A sheriff's office statement says she did return and turn herself in Sunday afternoon at 1:20 p.m.

She was booked into the Burleson County Jail on charges of Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student.,  with her bond set at $10,000.

The sheriff's office has confirmed that she posted bond and was released at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.

Caldwell ISD issued the following statement:

"Many in our school community have heard of the arrest of Caldwell High School teacher Jamie Goforth.   The incident is being addressed through the court system, and the employee is not currently assigned to duty.

The District holds all employees to a high standard of professionalism. We will monitor the matter and cooperate with any law enforcement requests throughout this legal process.  

 

Our first priority is to provide a safe learning environment for our students.  Personnel matters are considered confidential, so please understand that we are unable to provide further details regarding this matter. We thank our entire community for the support of Caldwell ISD and its students."

 

Caldwell ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters said Monday afternoon that all they can do is suspend Jamie Goforth with pay, but they have set a board meeting for Thursday at which time termination will be proposed.

 

The agenda for a special called meeting of the board of trustees posted Monday afternoon included an executive session that would include discussion of alleged teacher misconduct, consultation with an attorney regarding employment contract issues and an open meeting item for consideration or action to propose termination of a teacher contract.

 

That special board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Central Administration Building of the Caldwell Independent School District.

 


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