South Range School Board accepts president’s resignation after accusations of inappropriate behavior

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Though he received much support to stay, Yoakam said he felt it was taking focus away from the students

NORTH LIMA, Ohio (WYTV) – The South Range School Board President announced his resignation Sunday. The school board accepted his resignation Monday evening.

Some at Monday’s meeting wanted the board to stand behind Corey Yoakam more.

Not every board member was in favor of accepting his decision.

“If we’re going to kick off everybody that’s ever said anything inappropriate, we’re never going to have any government officials at any level of government. We’re never going to have anyone holding a job, ever, anywhere,” Taylor Christian said.

Christian was the only member present to vote against accepting Yoakam’s resignation.

Yoakam was not at Monday’s meeting.

The school board has not said who would replace Yoakam as president.

Yoakam was accused of inappropriate behavior as a teacher in the multiple disability unit at Boardman Center Middle School during the 2015-2016 school year.

After an investigation into his behavior, the state board of education recommended he no longer be involved with students and his teaching license was taken away.

It was over five different accusations.

Among the accusations, the Ohio Board of Education said Yoakam “made offensive, racial and sexually charged comments to staff and student helpers in his class.”

On his resignation, Yoakam said he felt it was taking focus away from the students.

He did say he received much support to stay on but felt this was the best option.

Yoakam’s resignation will be effective January 1, 2020.

The Ohio Board of Education is recommending that his teaching license be revoked.

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