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Crystal Lake Central teacher, head of union put on administrative leave

CRYSTAL LAKE – A fine arts teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School and president of the Community High School District 155 teacher union has been on administrative leave pending a district investigation of a “personnel matter.”

An email dated Thursday from Principal Steve Olson told parents that choir director Justin Hubly has been on indefinite leave, and that the district is “cooperating with local authorities as appropriate.”

Although the email stated that his curriculum will continue to be taught and that extracurriculars involving him will continue as planned, the district reserved further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

“Although I’m sure you have questions, please understand that we cannot share specific information regarding personnel matters. As principal, I want to assure you that your student’s education is of primary importance to me, and we are working hard to plan ahead so that CLC can continue to deliver on its expectation of a high quality educational experience,” Olson wrote.

Hubly, of Crystal Lake, became the school’s choir director in 2004. He also serves as student activities director, and has served five terms as president of the District 155 Education Association, which represents teachers at all four of the district’s high schools. He makes $85,290 a year, not counting benefits, according to school records.

His choir classes will go on as scheduled, as will the upcoming winter musical and Illinois Music Education Association events, Olson wrote.

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