The Pilot Rock teacher facing charges of sex crimes against four of his students has submitted his resignation.
Kevin Nice, 37, has taught for 12 years at the Pilot Rock High School, where he also was the head baseball coach and offensive coordinator for the school's football team. State prosecutors have charged Nice with 35 counts of sex crimes, including seven felonies under Measure 11, Oregon's mandatory minimum sentencing law. Convictions for those alone pack a 46-year prison sentence.
Police arrested Nice on Feb. 19 at his parents' home in La Grande following a grand jury indictment. Since then he has been in the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton in lieu of a $1 million bail. Nice has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Pilot Rock schools Superintendent Gordon Munck recommended on April 1 that the school board fire Nice. The board was going to act on that recommendation during its meeting today at 7 p.m. in the high school library.
Monday, Nice submitted his resignation through his Oregon Education Association attorney, Ralph E. Wiser.
"Please consider this letter Mr. Nice's notice that he is resigning from employment by the district effective on April 21, 2010, prior to the board meeting," Wiser wrote in the brief letter.
Munck said he didn't anticipate any problem with the board accepting the resignation.
"It's a done deal," the superintendent said.