SHELBY -Two teachers at St. Mary’s School were recently put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into civil allegations made against them.
St. Mary’s Principal Kim Stover said the teachers were placed on paid administrative leave because they need to investigate as a school into the allegations. She noted the school, Shelby Police, Richland County Children Services, and the Diocese are investigating the teachers.
Stover said one teacher has been with the school for two years while the other teacher has been with the school since 2011. She declined to say what allegations have been made against the teachers.
The following is a letter sent to parents of students at St. Mary’s in regards to the ongoing investigation:
Dear School Families;
We need to share with you some information regarding two teachers at St. Mary’s School. They both have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of separate ongoing civil investigations. St. Mary’s School is committed to educating all students in a safe and secure learning environment. We want to provide you with accurate information to dispel any rumors you may have heard.
In order to perform a deliberate, fair, and unbiased investigation, the teachers have been placed on paid administrative leave effective October 14. Shelby Police Department and the Richland County Children Services Agency are handling the separate investigations. The teachers remain on leave and have not been arrested or charged with crimes. Due to personnel confidentiality, we are not at liberty to release the teachers’ name or provide additional information regarding this sensitive matter.
While on administrative leave, the teachers are not permitted to be on school property during school hours, attend school events, have any contact with students, or access school email or the school network pending the outcome of the investigation.
When the teachers were hired at St. Mary’s School, they both passed the necessary background checks and successfully completed the required safe environment training.
We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that the school and administration take any allegation of wrong doing by our employees very seriously, and we are cooperating fully with the investigation. If you have any concerns or information to report, contact your local law enforcement agency, local children services agency and/or Diocesan Director of Child & Youth Protection and Victim Assistance Mr. Frank DiLallo at 419-243-2150.
As a Catholic community, we continue to be committed to the safety and protection of all our students, faculty and staff and providing our students the environment for growing in virtue, knowledge and grace.
Please join us in praying for all those involved in this matter.
Sincerely, Reverend Chris Mileski , Pastor and Mrs. Kim Stover, Principal