Friday, June 19, 2020
Statement by Lake Forest High School
District 115 Superintendent Michael Simeck
 
As educators and school leaders, the safety and well-being of students and our Lake Forest High School community is paramount. We believe it is critical for individuals to feel safe coming forward without fear of retaliation and with confidence that their allegations will be taken seriously.
 
Therefore, when we were notified that a LFHS alum reported that former theater manager David Miller had an inappropriate relationship with him several decades ago while he was a LFHS student, the District immediately reported the incident to the Lake Forest Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
 
The District has cooperated fully with law enforcement, which recently concluded that due to the passage of the statute of limitations, no charges would be filed at this time. 
 
During this investigation, we learned that additional past students had lodged similar allegations with law enforcement. Additionally, the District received more detailed revelations regarding Mr. Miller’s 2009 separation from employment for similar conduct and ban from campus by the prior District administration.  
 
Separately, our thorough review of the facts has led our current administration to recommend to the District 115 Board of Education that Mr. Miller be removed from the school’s Alumni Wall of Fame and the Theater space be renamed. With the Board’s vote in favor of these actions, the District is sending a clear message of zero tolerance for any kind of misconduct.
 
We want to reassure students, parents, staff, and the community that maintaining a safe learning environment is our highest responsibility as a school community. The District mandates yearly Global Compliance Network training for all employees and is in the process of hiring an independent third party to review and assess the existing policies, procedures and professional development regarding sexual misconduct.
 
We encourage anyone with concerns about misconduct, past or present, to reach out to Lake Forest High School District 115 at  HRinfo@lfschools.net or local authorities. As always, the LFHS Confidential Reporting Tool is also available to current students as an internal reporting system used to inform school officials about perceived threats to their safety and security, and the crisis hotline Text-a-Tip is available as provided by LEAD at 844-823-5323 (community code: LAKECO).


Michael V. Simeck
Superintendent