ALGONA | A former Algona High School math teacher and track/cross country coach accused of being intoxicated at school earlier this year has had his license suspended.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, which licenses and sanctions teachers, earlier this month ordered the suspension of Chad Ahlers' teaching and coaching licenses for two years. He has also been ordered to complete a 15-hour ethics course for educators.

Ahlers said he has struggled with depression and alcohol use. 

"I am sorry my friends, family and (former) coworkers have had to deal with this publicly," Ahlers told the Globe Gazette Thursday. "I am thankful for those that have stuck by my side."

The BOEE received an ethical complaint against Ahlers May 12, according to administrative documents. 

Investigation revealed Ahlers, 46, was "under the influence of alcohol while at work at Algona High School" May 8, the documents said, and had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit for driving. He resigned that day, Algona Superintendent Marty Fonley said via email Friday. 

The board charged Ahlers with being under the influence of alcohol on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity, a state administrative law violation.

The Iowa Legislature this spring passed a bipartisan bill requiring districts to report licensed employees who are disciplined for possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at school or a school event. 

Fonley said the situation was handled internally. No criminal charges were filed. 

Ahlers in October consented to a settlement agreement, which resolved the incident without a hearing before an administrative law judge.

Contact Ashley at 641-421-0556 or on Twitter @GGashkmiller. 


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