Kuna School District office manager terminated; accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor

Kuna School District office manager terminated; accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor
Posted at 12:11 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 14:58:10-05

The Kuna School District office manager has been fired, after an accusation surfaced that she engaged in what’s being termed “inappropriate conduct with a minor.”

Kuna School District Superintendent Wendy Johnson sent the following letter to parents on Monday:

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.  

In service,      
Wendy Johnson Superintendent