Hartford Special Ed Teacher Resigns Amid Rape Investigation

West Central School Board accepts resignation of Kari Boll, 29

Former Hartford Special Education teacher Kari Boll, 29, is charged with three counts of fourth degree rape.

Authorities say the male victim, a West Central High School student, was 15-years-old at the time of the sexual contact.

“We do not want students to fear coming to school and to worry about their safety or either the safety of their peers or our other staff members,” said West Central Superintendent Jeff Danielsen.

Boll was arrested Thursday.

The West Central School Board called a meeting Thursday night to the address rape allegations involving the educator and teenage student.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says the two were involved in a relationship that began in May of this year, and continued until recently.

Boll has worked at West Central High School for the last three years.

The School Board accepted her resignation tonight during the special session.

Superintendent Danielsen says the district has no reason to believe Boll was sexually involved with any other students.

He says parents and staff members have been notified.

“There’s an initial reaction of disbelief that this could happen with our students an our staff. But then, obviously, you have to do what’s necessary in order to keep kids safe and in order to keep an orderly and to do what it right in the name of students,” he said.

Danielsen says counselors will be available for students when school starts next week.

He also says any parents with concerns should reach out to the school district immediately.

Boll is being held at the Minnehaha County Jail on 25,000 cash bond.