Bellevue West

Former Bellevue West High School band director Kyle Haugen voluntarily surrendered his teaching license last month after a complaint was filed with the state about him.

Former Bellevue West High School band director Kyle Haugen has voluntarily surrendered his teaching license after a complaint alleging a relationship with a former student.

According to the State Education Commissioner’s Office, a complaint was filed with the Nebraska Department of Education alleging that in 2012, while working at West, Haugen “engaged in a physical relationship with a former student that began with inappropriate electronic communications when the student was a senior in high school.”

Before surrendering his license, Haugen was scheduled to appear before the Nebraska Professional Practices Commission in March, said David Jespersen, a Nebraska Department of Education spokesman.

By voluntarily surrendering his license on Feb. 27, Haugen, 39, is not fighting the disciplinary action or admitting guilt.

Haugen was issued his teaching license, endorsed in Music PK-12, in 2007, according to state records. It was set to expire on Aug. 31, 2017, but he did not complete the process to renew it.

Jespersen said Haugen was under investigation before his teaching license expired.

The disciplinary action means Haugen’s teaching license cannot be reinstated, indefinitely, Jespersen said.

Haugen was placed on paid leave by Bellevue Public Schools in August. He resigned from his position at West in October. The district declined to comment.

Attempts to reach Haugen were unsuccessful.

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