Sept 8: letter to our students, parents

Sept. 8: update for our students, parents and families
Dear Students, Parents and Families,

I wanted to reach out to all of you today with an update regarding Mr. Steven Lysenko. As you probably are aware, the circumstances and magnitude of this weekend’s events has resulted in the decision to place Mr. Lysenko on administrative leave, and we posted this information on our website. 

Because it is a personnel matter, we appreciate your understanding that we must proceed with the utmost confidentiality and integrity of the ensuing investigation.

While the investigation is ongoing, Mr. Bill Jacoutot has agreed to take the role of Interim Assistant Principal. Jacoutot has continued to be a familiar face through the years, and was our longtime wrestling coach for 30 years before his retirement in 2009. I am very pleased to have him on our team to fill the duties of assistant principal for our 9th grade, as well as our high school academy to help support us our students.

I also want to address some of the concerns I am hearing from the community. First, as students return to school next week, please know that our security team is prepared to ensure the same level of safety within the district to which we have always been committed. 

We have been in constant contact with the Ogden Police Department, and want to express our deepest appreciation for their continued expertise and presence as we navigate this unfamiliar national attention. As our staff returned today and students next week, we want to assure you that, without hesitation, OPD has indicated that they will continue their daily patrols in our hallways and campus. We want to publicly express our deepest appreciation to the Ogden Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for their partnerships.

This situation has doubtlessly been difficult for many of our students and staff. Counselors are always available to support students with any concerns they have. Students should reach out via email to their respective counselors, or our Family Support Center

Through all of this, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the emails, notes and phone calls. My focus remains on the well-being of our staff, students and learning community, and further ensuring a healthy and safe reopening. 

Dan Milgate
Superintendent of Schools