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Letter From Superintendent Regarding Investigation of Inappropriate Behavior

It is our goal to communicate with our school community as quickly and as transparently as possible. However, there are times when issues arise that we must legally follow a protocol regarding necessary investigations and limits regarding communication as is required by law.
     We have received several inquiries related to allegations of potentially inappropriate behavior by an individual working in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. As a district, we do not comment on personnel matters, however, what I can share is that allegations were made about an individual; when the district was notified of the allegations, it followed its policy and conducted an investigation.
     The timing of the report and the investigation were impacted by Winter Break and the unavailability of several persons involved in the investigation. As is our policy, we were unable to provide any communication regarding this incident while the investigation was on-going.
     However, the individual in question was immediately placed on immediate administrative leave while the investigation was undertaken and, as a result of the investigation, is no longer working in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District. Local safety authorities were made aware of the allegations and undertook their own investigation They took the actions they felt were appropriate. Any questions regarding actions taken by the Dunstable Police Department should be forwarded to them.
     I want to emphasize that the allegations in this matter did not involve students and at no time were any students involved in the matter, including the investigation. As a school district, maintaining the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. All personnel working within the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District - whether permanent staff, substitute staff, or contract staff - are required to pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check and criminal background check through the use of fingerprints. This is a policy that is strictly adhered to throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
     Given this is a personnel matter, we are unable to comment any further.
Laura S. Chesson, Ed. D.
GDRSD Superintendent
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