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Resignation, allegations rock Linwood-Monroe school in St. Paul

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Families in the St. Paul School District are just beginning learning details about a 30-year employee who resigned after he was accused of inappropriate conduct involving a student late last month.

The employee worked as a janitor at Linwood-Monroe's upper campus, which is where students in grades 4 through 8 get their education.

In late February, the district placed him on paid administrative leave after the allegations surfaced, and he resigned two days later. Now, St. Paul police are considering filing charges against him -- and parents are eager to learn more.

District officials say it has been working with the families of students who were involved, and on Thursday, a letter was posted to the school's website regarding the employee's departure.

A district spokesperson said extensive background checks are run on all employees; however, they say the standards may have been different when this particular employee was hired back in 1984.

These new developments come just weeks after a teacher's aide at the same school was accused of having inappropriate communications with a student. That employee also no longer works for the St. Paul public school system.

LETTER REGARDING JANITOR RESIGNATION

March 13, 2014

Dear Linwood Monroe Families,

I'm writing to provide you with information regarding a recent media report about an allegation of staff misconduct at the 4-8 Upper Campus (Monroe).

On February 20, we learned about an accusation of inappropriate actions by one of our employees. We immediately began following our safety procedures and contacted the Saint Paul Police Department to investigate. The employee was put on administrative leave while we investigated the allegation, but then resigned two days later. The employee no longer works for Saint Paul Public Schools.

We have been in regular communication with the family who was affected by this situation. We did not previously share this information with the larger Linwood Monroe community due to student privacy laws and the ongoing police investigation. Because the media now has the story, we wanted to share with you what we could. I want to assure you, however, that the safety of our students is always our top priority.

We hope you'll take this opportunity to encourage your child to talk to a trusted adult if they have concerns about school. Our social worker will be available to students who would like to talk or share additional information. If you have questions or concerns that you believe I can answer, please call me at 651-293-8690. Thank you for supporting your child and Linwood Monroe.

Sincerely,

Bryan Bass, Principal
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus

LETTER REGARDING TEACHER-AIDE DISMISSAL

February 12,2014

Dear Linwood Monroe Families,

I'm writing to provide you with information regarding an allegation of staff misconduct at the 4-8 Upper Campus (Monroe).

On Tuesday,we learned about an accusation of inappropriate communications by one of our employees that occurred last week. We immediately began following our safety procedures and contacted the Saint Paul Police Department to investigate. The employee involved no longer works for Saint Paul Public Schools.

Due to privacy laws and the ongoing police investigation, I am unable to provide additional details about the situation. The safety of our students is always a top priority.

We hope you'll take this opportunity to encourage your child to talk to a trusted adult if they have concerns about school. Our social worker, Emily Velure, will be available to students who would like to talk or share additional information. If you have questions that you believe I can answer, please call me at 651-293-8690. Thank you for supporting your child and Linwood Monroe.

Sincerely,

 

Bryan Bass, Principal
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus

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