Columbia police department involved in Richland One investigation

June 8, 2014 

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The Columbia police department has joined with staff from Richland One School District to investigate unspecified matters in a district office that helps advanced students, a district spokeswoman confirmed Sunday.

Spokeswoman Karen York released a statement saying, “Transitions in staffing have taken place within the Office of Advanced Academic Programs due to a personnel action, as well as the departure of two retirees and a temporary employee.

“There is a matter under investigation, but the programs and services provided by the office are intact and students have not been impacted,” York said.

Asked if Columbia police were investigating, York said they were.

York said the office under investigation coordinates programs and services of students who take advanced classes, including Advanced Placement courses.

No other details were available Sunday.

Richland School District One has some 22,600 students, 52 schools and 4,115 employees including 1,988 teachers. Its budget this year is $268.4 million.

John Monk

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