School of Arts teacher under investigation

Charleston County School of the Arts campus

A Charleston County School of the Arts math teacher is no longer on campus pending the outcome of an investigation, district officials said this week.

The district would not reveal the nature of the investigation involving honors algebra teacher Patrick Ratigan.

“The district confirms that an employee at SOA is not on school grounds pending the outcome of an investigation,” the district said in a statement. “When an employee is absent from the classroom, CCSD works to find a certified substitute and secure a lesson plan that meets the instructional needs of students.”

Ratigan could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Parents contacted The Post and Courier last week to report that Ratigan had left the campus in the company of school Principal Shannon Cook and had not returned. They expressed concern that their children would be left without a qualified teacher to provide algebra instruction for the remainder of the school year.

District spokesman Daniel Head said officials are working to find a certified instructor to teach Ratigan’s classes on a longer-term basis. He said he had no information about Ratigan being moved to another school within the district while the probe is ongoing.