Lincoln HI teacher placed on paid leave

A teacher at Lincoln HI High School in Ivanhoe has been placed on paid leave and notified his contract will not be renewed.

Lincoln HI Superintendent Michelle Mortensen confirmed music teacher Anthony Munsterman was placed on leave following an unspecified complaint. The complaint was investigated by the Minnesota Department of Education, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and a third-party law firm.

According to Mortensen, the non-renewal of Munsterman’s contract involved another matter not related to the original complaint.

In an email sent to parents of Lincoln HI students Mortensen said, “I want to address the fact that a complaint was filed against Mr. Anthony Munsterman, the music teacher. The complaint was investigated by three different, independent agencies. The result of the investigations indicated that no discipline was warranted in regard to the complaint. Please be assured that the district takes the safety of its students and employees very seriously and, as a result, took all appropriate and legal steps in regard to the current complaint and will take all appropriate and legal steps in regard to any future complaints. Thank you.”

Lincoln County Sheriff Jack Vizecky declined to comment on the investigation but confirmed no charges had been filed.