UPDATE: West Fargo School Board accepts Legacy Elementary principal’s resignation after allegations of inappropriate behavior

Published: Mar. 10, 2023 at 4:56 PM CST
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WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The principal at Legacy Elementary School in West Fargo has resigned his position.

A note was sent to Legacy families late Friday afternoon saying Jason Markusen was placed on leave on Wednesday, March 8, and submitted his resignation on Thursday, March 9.

A West Fargo School District representative says Markusen was placed on leave as administration conducted an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior. The district says the allegations did not involve students.

Markusen did not specify a reason for his resignation in the letter he submitted for the school board’s consideration.

The message from the school district said Legacy Elementary Assistant Principal, Erin Spies, will fill in as the interim principal for the remainder of the school year.

“Please know that Dr. Spies, district leaders, and I are all committed to the wellbeing of every learner at Legacy. This team will be meeting and planning together to determine next steps to best support the needs of learners, educators, and families,” a statement from Elementary Assistant Superintendent Rachael Agre said.

The West Fargo School Board met today, Monday, March, 10th to accept Markusen’s resignation.