Mead resigns from position


Ashley Long

Mead watches a varsity boys’ soccer game against Des Moines Lincoln in 2015.

Executive Director of Human Resources Laura Kacer confirmed that former science teacher Dustin Mead’s resignation was accepted by the school board. “We are working to find a great replacement for students next year,” she said in an email.

A job opening for a science teacher was posted April 11. Life science and biology certification is preferred as well as experience teaching Anatomy.

Mead was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 18 for being under investigation for possibly sexually assaulting a student. “It’s for the better of the school,” Emily Wagner ’18 said. “Whether or not he’s guilty, it’s better for him to resign to avoid criticism from parents or students.”

His resignation does not suggest that he is necessarily guilty. The investigation is still ongoing and the district is in full cooperation with the Johnston Police Department.

For more information about the case, click here for previous coverage.