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Third Party Investigation into Misconduct - Initial Report to Board of Education

On August 31, 2020, the Kirkwood School Board of Education approved the recommendation of Encompass Resolution, LLC, a woman-owned business established in 2007 and based out of Kansas City, Missouri to conduct an independent assessment based on recent public and private allegations of the handling of student and staff reporting sexual abuse, misconduct and inappropriate behavior.

On January 25, 2021, Encompass Resolution provided a report on the initial assessment of climate and culture confidence related to handling allegations of sexual abuse, misconduct and inappropriate behavior.

The report is the first phase in this work and subsequent reports will follow to achieve the overarching goals stated in the beginning of this process.

Goals of the Independent Assessment Project
The overarching goals of this project are to identify and investigate whether there have been previously unreported incidents or failures to take prompt and appropriate action in response to complaints, whether students, staff and parents have confidence in reporting and know to whom and how they may do so; whether there has been appropriate follow-through in terms of consequences and supports when complaints are substantiated, and then, equally important, to identify, conduct training on, and help implement strategies to promote a positive school climate and culture.

The full report may be found online.