July 26, 2016
By Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter
The Bosse High School band teacher fired in May was let go because he admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship” with a student.
According to a personnel file document obtained by the Courier & Press, Kevin Hulsey admitted to EVSC Superintendent David Smith in May that he had “an inappropriate relationship with a student.”
Hulsey was one of two teachers suspended in April. He was later fired at a May school board meeting.
“The EVSC promptly notified the proper authorities when it became aware of this incident. The decision as to whether or not to file criminal charges rests with those authorities, not the EVSC. State and federal law prohibits the EVSC from discussing anything relating to the student,” EVSC spokesman Jason Woebkenberg wrote in an email to the Courier & Press.
After the EVSC notified the public about a suspended teacher, the Evansville Police Department sent the following statement:
“The details of the incident have been reviewed by an EPD investigator and as of this time, no evidence of a violation of Indiana Criminal Statutes has been uncovered. Unless additional facts are presented that show probable cause of a criminal act, the incident will not be handled as a criminal case.”
Smith’s letter, which was to the school board trustees, recommended firing Hulsey immediately on the grounds of “immorality, insubordination, neglect of duty, and good and just cause.”
The letter was added to Hulsey’s personnel file after a May meeting with Smith. The Courier & Press originally obtained Hulsey’s file through an open records request in April.
Since 1996, Hulsey had worked as an EVSC teacher and music instructor. He got the job at Bosse in 1998, and is a 1991 graduate of the school.
In 2012, Hulsey was named high school teacher of the year in the Outstanding Educators of the Year awards, sponsored by the Courier & Press. According to Indiana Gateway, Hulsey’s total compensation for 2015 was almost $80,000.
Hulsey’s contact information was redacted from his file, and past attempts to reach him at his home were unsuccessful.
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