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Union School District staff member under investigation for possible sexual incident now on administrative leave

Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 7:03 PM CST
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LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Travis Fleshner, who is the superintendent for the Union Community School District, told TV9 the district is investigating a possible sexual incident between a school staff member and student.

The accused staff member is reportedly now on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Superintendent Fleshner confirmed the decision on Wednesday saying it was made to reflect where the district was in the process of the investigation, and a letter has been sent to parents. TV9 asked for a copy of the letter, but we have not received it yet.

The investigation began last week after a parent reached out to the district.

“I think we understand the nature of what we are trying to work through,” he said. “There are procedures and all those investigation steps, and we’re following those.”

Last week, Fleshner asked for parents to keep a broad perspective of what their understanding is of the situation.

“Just keep a broad perspective of things you hear, versus things you actually know, and to keep that all in balance,” he said.

Law enforcement has not been contacted yet, but can be notified after the school completes its investigation.

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