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River Ridge teacher accused of improper texting resigns

NEW PORT RICHEY — A special education teacher from River Ridge High School is under criminal investigation for "inappropriate contact" with a male student, Pasco school district officials said Thursday.

Lori A. Borick, 28, of 12802 Kellywood Circle in Hudson, resigned her job teaching emotionally and mentally handicapped students on Tuesday for what she called "personal reasons" in her letter to the district. Her resignation, which took effect immediately, came after she was confronted over text messages between her and a male student at the school, officials said.

"It's a very sad state that the school district is in when so many of our issues we deal with have to do with inappropriate contact between students and teachers," School Board Chairwoman Kathryn Starkey said.

Starkey referred to last week's dismissal of Cpl. Christopher Magavero, the school resource officer at River Ridge Middle, over his admission to a 13-year-old student that he was falling in love with her. She also mentioned the March arrest of Lisa Marinelli, a Mitchell High substitute teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage male student.

Assistant superintendent Renalia DuBose said the district had no official comment on the Borick matter except to confirm that she had resigned, because "there is a law enforcement investigation going on."

Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said he would not confirm the existence of any ongoing investigation.

Borick, who began working for the school district in 2005, was not immediately available for comment. She has been arrested once, in 2006 on a charge of retail theft, according to Pasco County records. That case, which involved $12 of merchandise from a Hudson Publix, was disposed of through pretrial intervention.

The Florida Education Practices Commission reprimanded Borick in June over the arrest and fined her $500.

She had no other criminal history in Florida. She is a graduate of Hudson High, Pasco-Hernando Community College and the University of Central Florida.

Jeffrey S. Solochek can be reached at solochek@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4614. For more education news, visit the Gradebook at blogs.tampabay.com/schools.

River Ridge teacher accused of improper texting resigns 10/16/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:30pm]
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