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Old Mill High School teacher reassigned amid investigation

A social studies teacher and assistant track coach has been replaced indefinitely amid an investigation by Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Kate Snyder, a teacher at Old Mill High School in Glen Burnie who also served as student government and senior class adviser, "has been reassigned by the school system and will be away from the school indefinitely," according to a letter sent home to parents on Friday from Principal James Todd.

Todd wrote that a substitute teacher will fill in for Snyder's classes and the school will consult with the district's Office of Investigation and other school system administrators on whether a long-term replacement needs to be found. The school will make "necessary adjustments" to replace Snyder's roles on the track team and student groups, Todd said.

Todd did not reveal the nature of the investigation or any reason behind the reassignment in the letter, saying he was barred from discussing personnel matters. School system spokesman Bob Mosier said he could not comment either but stressed that Snyder has not been suspended.

"I am very aware that in matters such as this, it is easy for any number of rumors to begin swirling," Todd wrote. "I urge you as parents to talk with your child and do everything you can to minimize those rumors. To do anything contrary to that would not be in the best interests of our students."

Snyder has been a teacher at Old Mill High School since August 1999, Mosier said. She has not worked in any other Anne Arundel public school. She could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

Todd directed questions to the school system's public information office at 410-222-5312.

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