A Reynoldsburg teacher arrested by federal authorities April 7 in connection with a child pornography investigation resigned April 14.

A Reynoldsburg teacher arrested by federal authorities April 7 in connection with a child pornography investigation resigned April 14.

Matthew R. Fisher had been a ninth-grade social studies teacher at Reynoldsburg High School. His letter of resignation halted the school board's termination proceedings.

Board members voted unanimously during a meeting on April 19 to accept Fisher's request to resign.

Soon after school officials were notified Fisher had been arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography, he was relieved of his duties with pay, pending further action.

School spokesperson Tricia Moore said Fisher, 33, of Pickerington, had been teaching in the Reynoldsburg the district for 10 years. This past year, he also coached a basketball team of eighth-grade girls from two junior high schools.

The April 14 letter from Fisher to Superintendent Steve Dackin said, "For personal reasons, I am resigning my teaching position with the Reynoldsburg city schools, effective immediately thank you and it was a privilege having taught in the district."

Moore said a substitute teacher will cover Fisher's classes until the end of the school year.

One thing that is clear, Moore said, is that the resignation saves the district the time and money it would have taken to go through the termination process.

"It's the best that could happen for the school district in this situation," Dackin said. "The resignation removes him off the payroll and allows us to move forward."

Dackin said, as required by law, the district will begin the process of requesting that Fisher's teaching license be revoked with the Ohio Department of Education.

He said with the state budget situation and the possibility the district may be facing $2.4 million in cuts, it cannot be determined whether there will be a full-time replacement for Fisher next year.

"I don't know whether those numbers might change or if they'll fluctuate a little bit. We don't know the implications of the budget bill itself or the fate of Senate Bill 5," Dackin said. "All those things are going to play a role in how much money we have or don't have or what it does to our expenditures side."