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Coronado High School employee on paid administrative leave pending investigation

Coronado High School
Posted at 8:45 PM, May 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-25 21:32:37-04

CORONADO, Calif. (KGTV) — An employee at Coronado High School has been placed on paid administrative leave by the Coronado Unified School District pending the outcome of a police investigation.

On Wednesday evening, the school district released a statement, assuring parents and the public that it is prioritizing the safety of its students and that administrative leave is protocol.

"Administrative leave is a normal procedural step to protect both the integrity of an investigation and due process. We are working in cooperation with the Coronado Police Department to ensure that a thorough and timely investigation is completed."

CUSD says the investigation does not involve any students in its district, and they realize this matter raises more questions that they cannot answer at this time.

"Please be assured that the well-being of our students is our priority, and the dedicated professionals at our schools remain focused on ensuring student success as we finish the school year."

Some parents on social media questioned whether the staff member may be on leave for inappropriate behavior, but this has not been confirmed by the school or police. The staff member's identity has not been released.

While it's unclear what happened to cause the leave of absence, Coronado High has seen flareups with several staff members over the past few years.

Water Polo coach Randy Burgess was exonerated after a female student accused him of molestation in 2017. Burgess later got his job back.

In 2020, a former assistant basketball coach was sentenced to three years of probation for sex acts with a 17-year-old student. In 2021, the school district fired the head basketball coach after people threw tortillas at the players for Orange Glen High, a predominantly Hispanic school, following a regional playoff game.

In this week's case, Coronado police say "updates will be provided within the boundaries allowed by the sensitivity of the case."

This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.