Keith Hallas has resigned his position as Central Crossing High School’s band director.
South-Western City School District board members voted Dec. 10 to accept Hallas’ resignation, which was effective immediately.
Hallas was placed on paid administrative leave after a former Central Crossing student told Grove City police she had received inappropriate text messages from Hallas.
According to a police report filed by the officer who serves as Central Crossing’s school resource officer, that officer was called to police headquarters Sept. 13 to meet the former student. The former student said that between May 2015 and November 2017, while she was attending Central Crossing and was underage, she sent nude photos of herself to Hallas on several occasions, according to the report.
Grove City police retrieved evidence from two electronic devices, according to a police report.
A detective interviewed Hallas at Central Crossing and the band director admitted he had received nude photos of the student when she was 17, the report stated.
Hallas received no settlement or severance payment as part of his resignation, said Sandy Nekoloff, South-Western’s executive director of communications.
ThisWeek couldn't reach Hallas for comment, but his resignation letter stated, “Due to professional and personal reasons, I resign my position with the South-Western City Schools effective close of day December 10th, 2018. It was a privilege and honor to be a band director at Central Crossing High School.”
Hallas, 40, of Grandview Heights was arrested and charged Sept. 13 with pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.
The charge was dismissed at a preliminary hearing Sept. 21 in Franklin County Municipal Court at the request of the Franklin County prosecutor’s office, according to court records, but Hallas remained on administrative leave.
Eric Hubbell, Central Crossing’s assistant band director, has assumed many of the director’s responsibilities in Hallas’ absence, Nekoloff said. A long-term substitute is assisting Hubbell with his duties.
The band director position will be posted in the spring and the position will be filled for next school year, Nekoloff said.
Hallas was named Central Crossing’s band director in 2014 after serving for six years as an assistant under band director Bob McNutt.
Hallas was promoted after McNutt retired.