Two Tri County Area Schools on Paid Leave for Alleged Misuse of Technology

Two Tri County Area Schools on Paid Leave for Alleged Misuse of Technology

Two high school teachers from the Tri County Area Schools are on leave during a district investigation into possible inappropriate use of a school computer.

WOOD TV reports the teachers were removed from the Howard City building Thursday.  The superintendent said in a letter the paid administrative leave is a personal matter that appears not to involve any students, nor is it a criminal matter.

The full text of the superintendent's letter to parents is below:

October 17, 2013

Dear Parents,

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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