Catholic school in Austin fires two administrators


In another jolt to the students and staff at Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin, two top administrators there were fired Wednesday, one week after they were placed on leave for "personnel reasons," KAAL reports.

It's also just one week after a math teacher at the high school was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct for having sex with one of her students.

The school fired its president, James Hamburge, and elementary principal Mary Holtorf, according to KAAL, but gave no other information about the circumstances that led to the decision.

The school's board of trustees sent a letter to parents Wednesday, notifying them of the situation. It read in part:

"Effective today, Mr. James Hamburge and Mrs. Mary Holtorf are no longer employed with Pacelli Catholic Schools. While news of this nature will likely trigger many questions and concerns, we must remind all stakeholders that personnel issues are private internal matters and we are unable to discuss details. We extend our appreciation and gratitude for their good service to our school and we entrust them to God's care."

Two other faculty members have been serving as interim principals for the past week and will continue to do so for the rest of the school year, according to the trustees' letter.

Hamburge and Holtorf were placed on leave last Monday, the same day that Pacelli High School math teacher Mary Gilles was arrested on sexual misconduct charges for allegedly having sex with a male student who is underage. She was also fired from her teaching position. The Diocese said last week the two cases are not related.

Gilles, 28, faces six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. She is accused of having sex several times with a 17-year-old male student over the past eight months.

Gilles faces up to 15 years in prison for each felony count of criminal sexual conduct.

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