Former BLHS coach loses job due to inappropriate conduct

According to a release provided to the public on Thursday, Liberty (Missouri) Public Schools has ended the relationship with the teacher and coach Noah Simpson effective immediately.

Simpson is the former girls’ basketball coach and teacher at Basehor-Linwood High School, where he led the team to a third-place state finish in 2011.

In a statement released by Director of Communications, Dallas Ackerman, Simpson was relieved of his duties due to “inappropriate electronic communications with a student.”

Simpson was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 4 as an investigation began. The school then hired a new, interim girls’ basketball coach within the last week before making the announcement Thursday.

“Immediately following the report of inappropriate electronic communications with a student, the district placed Mr. Noah Simpson on leave and notified the Missouri Children’s Division of the report, in accordance with district policy,” the statement from Ackerman’s office said. “During the investigation, another report was brought to the district’s attention that Mr. Simpson solicited photographs through electronic means from a former student who attended school in a different district.  Additional rumors were brought to the district’s attention during its investigation, but such rumors were not verified.  The district was able to determine that Mr. Simpson acted inappropriately and violated the district’s strict policy regarding electronic communications with students.  Children’s Division is currently investigating the matter further.  At this time, the district has no evidence that criminal activity has occurred, but the district will cooperate with any law enforcement agencies that may investigate this matter further,”

The statement reads that after the investigation, Simpson agreed to separate his employment with the school district and that he “will neither seek, nor accept, employment in a public or private Pre-Kindergarten through 12th-grade school system, day care center or youth center anywhere in the United States.”

“Immediately after voting to approve Mr. Simpson’s resignation from employment, the Board of Education voted to authorize the district’s superintendent to share information with the authorities of the states of Missouri and Kansas that have issued licenses to teach to Mr. Simpson so that those authorities can take disciplinary action against Mr. Simpson,” the statement continued. The district will cooperate fully with those authorities.

“While the district considers the personnel matter concluded, should students, parents or patrons have any information they believe is relevant to this matter, the district encourages reports be made to Dr. Robert Vogelaar, assistant superintendent of human resources.  The district has strict policies and high expectations regarding appropriate relationships and boundaries between staff and students.  We appreciate and applaud the members of our community who brought this matter to our attention.”