Gardens band teacher's contract terminated

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - According to our partners at The Palm Beach Post, accused band director Heath Miller won't be back at H.L. Watkins Middle School next year.

The disgraced band teacher accused of fondling two students, having sex with two others, including one who said she was raped, and trying to cover it up was essentially fired from his job in late April.

Four days after Palm Beach County School District Police arrested Miller on charges he had sex with a student on school grounds and inappropriately touched two others, his principal Ann Wark terminated his contract. The initial charges, which did not include the alleged rape or cover up, were filed against Miller on April 20, apparently prompted the termination.

But Miller was already skating on thin ice. He repeatedly violated the rules, missing faculty meetings, failing to turn over lesson plans and disappearing from campus without explanation.

Wark also chided Miller for leaving students unsupervised and keeping non-band students at school after hours.

Despite working for several years as a teacher in the district, Miller was still on an annual contract, essentially allowing a principal to fire him without giving a reason.

Last year, Wark placed Miller, 35, on a fourth year annual contract, a rare move since nearly all teachers receive tenure after three years. Miller remains in the Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

Last week, prosecutors revealed they found images of Miller having sex with girls on the memory card of his cell phone.

Police also arrested his cousin after he confessed to making a phone call to one of Miller's alleged victims telling her to destroy evidence linking her to Miller.