Kuna Middle School office manager fired from school, accused of 'inappropriate conduct'
KUNA, Idaho (KBOI) —
November 11, 2017
A Kuna Middle School office manager accused of 'inappropriate conduct' with a minor was fired from the school, according to a spokesman with the district.
Melissa Whitely was terminated from her position Saturday. The district says police is now conducting a thorough investigation into the claim.
Students at the school have been given information on how to contact police if they have any concerns.
We're told Whitely went through a background check before she was hired.
Here's a note, in its entirety, that was sent to parents:
November 11, 2017
Valued Parents and Community Members,
We were notified this weekend that Kuna Middle School Office Manager Melissa Whiteley was accused of inappropriate
conduct with a minor. At this point, law enforcement is conducting a thorough investigation of the accusation. Because
this is an active investigation, law enforcement has been unable to provide us with a complete picture of what
happened. However, given the serious nature of the charges, Ms. Whiteley has been terminated from her employment
with the Kuna School District.
We have no evidence that this incident goes beyond what is known today, but if you have concerns about any activities
from the past, please contact the District Office at 208-922-1000 or Ada County Sheriff's office at 208-377-6790 .
Our number one responsibility is to keep all the children under our care safe. In addition to our regular safety practices
and drills, the district requires that all employees undergo a thorough background check before any employee is allowed
to work. At the time of Ms. Whiteley’s hiring, nothing in her background check indicated that we could have anticipated
this alleged behavior from her.
Although this news has been incredibly difficult for all of us, we are working to ensure that this is a good year for our
students and families. We are putting plans in place to help support our students and staff who have been impacted by
the news and will have counselors available for students. If your child has concerns, please let them know that
counselors, administrators and teachers are available to help.
While it is human nature to want to know details when one hears bad news, please remember, it is against district policy
to disclose personnel matters that are undetermined because of an investigation. Even so, we wanted you to know what
we are able to share so you could help your child process what they may hear from their peers at school.
Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers and staff.