HOWARD CITY, Mich. (WOOD) - Two Tri County teachers were removed from the high school as part of a district investigation into possible inappropriate use of a school computer.
The two have been placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates, Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Al Cumings confirmed to 24 Hour News 8. He did not provide details about the nature of that alleged inappropriate use.
The teachers were removed from the Howard City school building Thursday. The teachers were not arrested nor were they led out of the school in handcuffs, Cumings said. The issue is not a criminal matter.
A letter was sent home to parents Thursday about the situation. It said the "personnel matter" doesn't appear to involve any students.
It also said that "speculation and rumors" about the situation were "not helpful or fair" to the teachers or the investigation.
The full letter sent home to parents:
October 17, 2013
As Superintendent, I seek to keep our parents up-to-date on issues related to our District. As is our practice, I wanted to inform you about a recent personnel matter. It does not appear the situation involves any students.
Over the last several days, we became aware of possible inappropriate use of District technology by two high school teachers. In response to these and other concerns, and according to our policies, these individuals have been placed on paid administrative leave to allow us an opportunity to review the situation.
As you know, our first priority is to provide a quality education for our students. To that end, during this investigation, we will be placing qualified substitute teachers in the classroom. I would ask if you have any concerns related to the classroom, that you feel free to contact the High School Principal, Tim Goheen, at 231-937-4338.
When situations like these arise, in an era of social media, it is human nature to want o discuss them. However, we know that speculation and rumors are not helpful or fair to the individuals involved or the investigative process.
I continue to appreciate the strong partnership between the District and our parents and community. As always, we will continue to communicate with you on a regular basis. Please don't hesitate to contact my office, or your building principal, should you have concerns or questions.
Allen Cumings Superintendent Tri County Area Schools
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