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Report: Bethel High Athletic Director Resigns

The 30-year-old administrator was arrested while attending an athletic director's conference last week.

Embattled Bethel High School Athletic Director Jayme McGovern has resigned from the local school district. 

McGovern, 30, submitted her resignation letter to Superintendent Kevin Smith at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the Danbury News Times. Smith called it an unfortunate situation but would not comment further, the newspaper reports.

McGovern had been on paid administrative leave since Monday, three days after she was arrested in a Rocky Hill hotel where the school district had sent her to attend the Connecticut Assosication of Athletic Directors Conference. 

She and New Milford Athletic Director Lance Pliego were charged with breach of peace following an incident at the Sheraton Hartford South at 1:47 a.m. on Friday, March 22, police said. Rocky Hill police called it a domestic incident and offered no further details, according to a report on Bethel Patch.

Smith said the Bethel school district was in the process of conducting an investigation; he said he wanted to make sure the high school's spring sports were not affected.

Pliego has also resigned from New Milford, according to the News Times

Meghan Kavallines March 29, 2013 at 12:33 AM
I understand that people are frustrated because something negative happened in our little town, but I please ask that everyone stop assuming she is some kind of terrible person and forgetting all of the hard work and dedication that Jayme has put in all of these years. She didn't deserve to lose her job. I had her as my english teacher back in highschool when she first started and she was absolutely wonderful- both as a teacher and as a person.
Barbara Nelson March 29, 2013 at 02:29 AM
I believe it says that she resigned - so she didn't actually "lose" her job. And, as far as her being a wonderful person and teacher, that may all be true. But sometimes people make bad choices that affect their life and they have to suffer consequences. Hopefully for Ms. McGovern this will be a valuable learning experience.
Herr Borsch March 29, 2013 at 02:43 AM
do you REALLY think that she had a choice BN ? Just like when so many folks are forced out, and claim that they are resigning "to spend more time with their families". Yea sure !
Bill Hillman March 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Resigned vs "fired for cause" protects some possibility of future employment elsewhere. The case will likely plead for accelerated rehab, anger management class and eventually be expunged from the record. Time to move on.
Val March 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM
People make mistakes. That is why there is forgiveness. That is also why we need to really think through the actions that we are or are about to take. I mean really think through them. Know your weaknesses and stay away from them. I'm sorry she 'had' to resign and I hope she is able to find another job but more importantly I hope she is able to mend what was broken.
Carole Pettibone March 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Resign vs. Fired guess she'll get her pension and benefits.
Carole Pettibone March 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Bethel will survive.
Larry Craybas March 29, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Commenters --- Please be respectful. This is an embarrassing situation for our AD. Making comments about something you know little of is rash speculation and gossip-mongering. It's better to say nothing lest you make a fool of yourself. Don't lower yourselves to the level of commentary the News-Times allows. Many of those commenters are crude and rude people who hide behind their blogger name. News-Times should show more backbone and disallow crass remarks. We all have a right to free speech but when the lines of stupidity and slander are crossed how is that right proper when the person making the comments hides behind some silly, untraceable name?
Concerned bethel resident March 29, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Sounds like the New Milford AD couldn't understand the word "no"....No means no!...
Bill Hillman March 29, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Agreed, Larry! Someone's career has been seriously damaged, and I expect the commenters have no details, I don't!
hadenoughbhs March 31, 2013 at 02:18 AM
It is customary in the education system that when they want you out they ask for your letter of resignation. This protects them from legal action later. They just claim " they reigned".
Parent April 02, 2013 at 11:27 AM
The New Milford Ad, Lance Pliego, left Brewster High School last year for the same claims, that he was sneeking around with a cheerleading coach as well as a staff member. He shoudl not be in the school system anymore. I hope no one hires him.
Jack Johnson May 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM
This is not the first time that you was caught with another man. I
Today's Question May 08, 2013 at 05:26 PM
So it appears there was no follow up story to this. Did she resign as AD and her teaching position or just as AD?
Jack Johnson May 13, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Oh yes she did because this is the first time. My friend who husband was also and athletic director in CT found out that her husband and Jayme were having an affair. She was named in the divorce proceedings. She was seeing him on school time.

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