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Ionia High School principal resigns

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School had cleared him of allegations, but student’s parents request PPO

Two days after an internal investigation cleared the Ionia High School principal of allegations of misconduct related to his monitoring and supervision of students in the high school parking lot, the principal has resigned.

Principal Jonathan Duley submitted his resignation Thursday night effective immediately. A school investigation had cleared him earlier this week, but a personal protection order (PPO) request from a female student’s parents is pending in Ionia County court.

Ionia High School principal did not violate board policy, investigation finds

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Ionia High School Principal Jon Duley has been cleared of allegations of misconduct related to his monitoring and supervision of students in the high school parking lot.

The district’s administration became aware of a social media post on a non-school community page alleging the misconduct, Superintendent Ben Gurk said in a memo released Tuesday.

Ionia elementary school teacher dies suddenly on Friday

A Twin Rivers Elementary School fifth-grade teacher has died.

Chris Zech died unexpectedly Friday morning of natural causes, according to Ionia Public Schools Superintendent Ben Gurk has said.

Sharing the moment

Ionia’s Zoe, Rodney Hensley, family all share unforgettable moments in powerlifting postseason

Almost every eye was fixated on one podium at Lake Orion High School.

Competitors, coaches, parents, siblings in the building wanted to witness the moment. A FaceTime call in Kuwait connected this one moment for a family that has worked their tails off for this moment.

IHS students, staff told to shelter in place after possible threat Monday

Students and staff at Ionia High School were directed to shelter in place around 10 a.m. on Monday morning after the allegation of a possible threat against the school.

The high school commenced shelter in place protocols and began investigating with law enforcement immediately, said Ionia Public Schools Superintendent Ben Gurk.

Juvenile investigated for threatening violence that canceled Ionia Middle School dances

An out-of-state juvenile with connections to Ionia was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday afternoon after making threats of violence on social media against the middle school, which resulted in the cancelation of two weekend dances.

Superintendent Ben Gurk said the administration canceled the Ionia Middle School winter dance scheduled for last Friday night as the district and officers from the Ionia Department of Public Safety investigated “a specific threat” received Friday afternoon.

Ionia High School student dies unexpectedly

Grief support is being made available at Ionia High School this week as students and staff face the sudden loss of a ninth-grade student.

Owen Smith, 14, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Ionia Public Schools Superintendent Ben Gurk said in a letter sent to staff and families on Sunday.