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Plum School District staffer on paid leave for alleged policy violation

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 5:12 p.m.
Plum High School
Michael DiVittorio
Plum High School

A Plum School District staff member was placed on paid leave for an alleged policy violation.

Acting Superintendent Gail Yamnitzky made the announcement Wednesday via the district's website.

“It was reported to administration and immediately reported to law enforcement,” Yamnitzky wrote. “It is currently under investigation. Educating our children in a safe and secure environment remains our most important priority. Therefore, this report was acted upon swiftly and thoroughly. All of our campuses continue to maintain the highest levels of safety and security.”

No further information about the incident or staffer was posted. Yamnitzky did respond to emails by the Tribune-Review, but would only reiterate the statement posted on the district's site.

Calls to assistant to the superintendent Michael Brewer, who leads the district's human resource department, were not returned.

Board President Steve Schlauch said he could not comment on the personnel matter. A call to district Solicitor Bruce Dice was not immediately returned.

Plum Police Chief Jeff Armstrong said his department turned the investigation over to Allegheny County police. Armstrong declined to release any more information.

County Director of Communications Amie Downs confirmed the investigation, but declined to provide any further details.

The district was rocked by a teacher/student sex scandal a few years ago. A grand jury report released in May 2016 blamed school administrators for passively allowing years of inappropriate conduct between teachers and female students.

Three teachers are in jail and the board approved severance packages for then Superintendent Tim Glasspool and high school Principal Ryan Kociela.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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