Blanco ISD board to eye suspension of counselor accused of improper relationship

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER

Lisa Rogers

LISA ROGERS

BLANCO — School board officials are scheduled to vote April 17 on possible suspension without pay for a middle school counselor accused of having an improper relationship with a student.

On April 11, Blanco Independent School District officials were notified about the arrest of 43-year-old Lisa Rogers, “accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student,” according to a statement by the district.

“There is an on-going criminal investigation, but we want to assure you the safety and well-being of all of our students remain our highest priority,” the statement continued.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is heading the investigation, confirmed that Rogers was arrested at Blanco Middle School on April 11.

“Law enforcement is handling this situation. We are cooperating fully,” said Blanco school superintendent Jon “Buck” Ford.

Details about the accusations, booking, release and bond information — as well as requests for public documents connected to the case — are pending from the Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.

Rogers has worked for the school district for approximately 20 years.

School records confirmed that a day prior to her arrest she had submitted her resignation to the school board which accepted it during a regular meeting, but it would not take effect until the end of the school year.

According to the April 17 special meeting agenda, board members would discuss Rogers’ possible suspension in executive session with possible action in open session to follow.

District officials said they utilized school counselors from Johnson City Independent School District to handle any fallout among students and staff in connection with the allegation.

“Our own counselors were effected by this situation. We needed and solicited outside counseling,” Ford said.

When asked about policy involving counselors interacting with students, Ford said the district would review the process.

“We’re going to address this comprehensively,” Ford said. “We’re going to have to look at a lot of things.”

connie@thepicayuen.com

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