TWINSBURG — The Board of Education unanimously approved Nov. 28 ending the health care benefits, effective Dec. 1, for a high school teacher accused of sexual contact with a student.

Laura Bucy, 33, of Akron, was arrested Sept. 22 on charges of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a fifth-degree felony. She did not enter a plea on either charge. Bucy posted bond Sept. 24.

As of Oct. 4, Bucy was suspended without pay from the district, according to school officials.

Superintendent Kathryn Powers said Bucy has requested an appeal on the district’s termination proceedings, and that her hearings are scheduled for the week of Jan. 14. These hearings generally span several days, Powers said.

“When these matters happen, the appeal goes to the state superintendent,” Powers said. She said an appeal officer has been selected.

The case is before Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Bucy’s latest pretrial hearing on Nov. 20 was continued to Dec. 11.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC