The director of Bellevue West High School’s award-winning band has resigned.
Kyle Haugen was released from his contract Monday after a vote of the Bellevue Public Schools board. He was placed on paid leave in August for an unspecified reason.
Haugen was scheduled for a hearing before the board on Oct. 2, but before the meeting, he submitted his resignation, said Amanda Oliver, a spokeswoman for the district.
The approval and release of contracts are typically placed on the school board’s consent agenda and approved without comment. That was the case with Haugen’s contract on Monday.
Oliver said she could not comment further because it was a personnel matter. Haugen could not be reached.
Marques Eckhoff, the Bellevue West band’s assistant director, will assume the role of band director for the remainder of the school year, Oliver said.
Haugen had been with the district for 10 years. Under his leadership, the band won numerous local and national awards.
The band is headed to Texas this weekend for a regional competition.