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Board of Education Approves RFP to Seek Independent Assessment and Investigation

KIRKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT
PRESS RELEASE

JULY 14, 2020

Board of Education Approves Request to Seek Independent Assessment and Investigation

The Kirkwood School District Board of Education approved a request by Superintendent David Ulrich to post a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an independent assessment and investigation of the culture and climate within our schools and the District related to the reporting and handling of allegations of sexual abuse, misconduct, and inappropriate behavior.

“In light of the recent allegations brought forward on the KHS Alumni Facebook page as well as reports received by our human resources department, I believe it is in the best interest of our students, staff and school community to bring in an outside organization to ensure transparency,” said Dr. David Ulrich superintendent of schools effective July 1, 2020.

The overarching goals of the 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 and determine if students, staff, and parents have confidence in reporting and know to whom and how to report an incident.

The RFP will be posted for three weeks. A representative committee of staff members, parents, and students led by the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Howard Fields will review the RFP. A recommendation will be made at the next scheduled Board meeting on August 31 for Board review and approval. 

The RFP is an addition to the direct steps implemented by the District on Thursday, July 9, asking anyone who has information related to abuse, misconduct, or inappropriate behavior by any current or former KSD staff member to contact the District via an online form at www.kirkwoodschools.org/report or call either:

Dr. Howard Fields, assistant superintendent of human resources
314.213.6100, ext. 7804 or email howard.fields@kirkwoodschools.org

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Ms. Cindi Nelson, director of human resources
314.213.6100 ext. 7809 or email cindi.nelson@kirkwoodschools.org

We also encourage anyone who may have information to contact the Kirkwood Police Department. KSD is also offering counseling services to survivors, please call the above numbers or complete the form at www.kirkwoodschools.org/report.