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Riverview Gardens School District faces more turmoil

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Four months after the school board suspended then later reinstated the superintendent, police are now investigating allegations of inappropriate behavior by two staff members.

Last week the district suspended a high school band director and associate principal with pay after someone called a school violence hotline and accused the men of improper conduct.

Officials will not discuss the nature of the allegations. But police are investigating.

However Superintendent Henry Williams said its likely the allegations against the men are false, because others were in the past.

"To my knowledge, if there's ever been an investigation that's come back from the state, it's always been unfounded," Williams said. "There's no evidence, there's no hard record, to suggest that they were found guilty."

The school board is conducting an investigation of it's own. Board President Gilda Hester said it will focus only on the district's disciplinary procedure.

"We are not doing an investigation of any employees in the district," Hester said. "We are looking at the process: when an allegation is made, the steps that the district has in policy to follow."