On Monday, November 6 it was discovered that an employee had inappropriate contact with students after the students had graduated.
Upon discovery, Child Protective Services and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department were both contacted. Later that evening the employee was placed on administrative leave. The following day (November 7) this employee resigned from Homer Community Schools.
From the time of discovery, it took less than 24 hours to permanently remove the employee from the district.
Homer Community Schools and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department continue to actively and cooperatively investigate this matter. We appreciate the prompt and professional response and cooperation from the Sheriff’s Department.
The top priority of Homer Community Schools is to ensure that students are able to learn in a safe and stable environment. To that end, the entire staff has been trained on the obligation to identify and report child abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect and sex-based harassment. Consistent with their training, staff members came forward to report inappropriate contact. We are grateful to those staff members.
Finally, we encourage anyone with information that a child is being harmed to immediately report that information to the appropriate authorities.
All questions regarding this matter should be forwarded to the superintendent's office.