Allegations against Lakota West band director dismissed

Lakota West High School's marching band performs. File photo
Lakota West High School's marching band performs. File photo

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - More than a year after the Lakota School Board issued its "letter of reprimand and suspension" to band director Greg Snyder, the Ohio Department of Education has dismissed the allegations without any further investigation.

Snyder stepped down after being accused of ethics violations including running a non-school sanctioned band clinic, accepting money from the band boosters without reporting it, providing private lessons without permission and giving extra credit for students who took those lessons.

According to a 2014 letter from the district's executive director of human resources, Snyder was accused of several offenses.

"Mr. Snyder, I must indicate to you that I am deeply concerned for your disregard for board of education policies, the Licensure of Professional Conduct, ethical considerations and other directives given by Lakota administration," Diane Brunsman said. "This attitude and disregard is not acceptable and will not be tolerated."

A letter from the Ohio Department of Education says Snyder is "in good standing with and have never been subject to disciplinary action by the State Board of Education while licensed as an Ohio educator."

Snyder's attorney says the letter shows it was obvious to the department that there was no wrong doing.

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