To Our District 115 School Community:
The District 115 Board of Education voted in July 2020 to retain a nationally-renowned investigator of sexual misconduct in response to a report lodged by a Lake Forest High School (LFHS) alum that a former staff member had an inappropriate relationship with him several decades ago while he was a LFHS student.
During the District’s initial review of the former student’s allegation, the Lake Forest Police Department conveyed information that revealed additional former students had raised similar allegations about the former staff member.
The LFPD concluded that no charges would be filed due to the passage of the statute of limitations. However, the Board ultimately decided to pursue a thorough third-party review of the District’s past responses to allegations of inappropriate conduct and to assess the District’s current policies and procedures for responding to such allegations in a timely and appropriate manner. In short, we felt it necessary to put action to our promise to ensure we maintain a safe learning environment for all.
The investigators’ report issued today notes that the District has already taken a number of steps to enhance our responsiveness to reports of inappropriate behavior. It also outlines additional actions we can take to further demonstrate our commitment to the safety and well-being of students, including enhancing District policies, training, and parent and student communications pertaining to reports of sexual misconduct. We are committed to putting these recommendations into practice and maintaining a zero tolerance culture for any kind of misconduct in our community. For more information, please visit our District 115 Board of Education web page.