Counselor resigns after Leander ISD, police launch investigation

Williamson County

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A high school counselor in Cedar Park resigned after the Leander Independent School District and police launched an investigation into “alleged unprofessional conduct.” 

Families received a vague letter Tuesday announcing the resignation of Vista Ridge High School counselor Alisa Ellis, though no specific reason was given for her departure. 

However, after an inquiry from KXAN, Principal Paul Johnson at Vista Ridge High School followed up Wednesday with another letter, explaining that Ellis was placed on administrative leave on March 4. The letter stated that that happened “pending an investigation by law enforcement and LISD into alleged unprofessional conduct.” 

Ellis resigned on March 8, according to the letter. 

Johnson wrote:

“Because this is a personnel and law enforcement situation. I cannot legally offer any additional details.” 

The Cedar Park Police Department confirmed its involvement with this case Wednesday, saying through a spokesperson that officers received information about Ellis and started an active, ongoing investigation. 

Police could not comment on the nature of that investigation, though they said they’re examining “certain evidence” right now. 

In his letter Wednesday, the principal wrote, “Some of our community members have expressed a concern about the well-being of students regarding this situation. We work closely with law enforcement to investigate any report of misconduct.” 

Johnson added that the district holds staff members to “high standards of conduct and accountability.” 

The district said it’s working to find a replacement for Ellis. 

The Texas Education Agency told KXAN that it checked Ellis’ certification Wednesday, and currently there’s no indication showing that it has an open investigation into her. 

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