Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 7, 2013
‘Several’ faculty, staff suspended for alleged drinking at school

Parents of children enrolled at St. Marguerite Catholic School in Tooele were notified Saturday of alleged faculty misconduct.

Sister Catherine Kamphaus, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Salt Lake, informed parents by email and voice mail of misconduct that involved the alleged consumption of alcohol on school grounds by faculty and staff. The misconduct reportedly occurred while school was in session.

Several individuals have been suspended pending an investigation, Kamphaus said. The names of those individuals have not been released by the school or the diocese.

Initial findings don’t show that minors were directly involved in the incident, according to Kamphaus.

She said all school employees must meet professional expectations in their positions, consistently monitor the safety and welfare of students placed in their care, and exemplify in their own actions the characteristics of Christian living.

Professional development covering these issues will be mandated immediately for all faculty and staff at St. Marguerite School through the Catholic school office, according to Kamphaus.

In addition to the investigation by the Catholic schools’ office, Kamphaus said a report has been made to the Department of Children and Family Services.

Attempts to review a copy of that report before press time today were unsuccessful. According to a DCFS official with the Tooele office, information about the incident or a report is confidential and is unavailable to the media and public.

Tim Gillie

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim covers education, Tooele City government, business, real estate, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a long career as an executive with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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