FBI conducts search at Maize school district headquarters

A warrant was executed Tuesday at the Maize USD 266 Educational Support Center.
A warrant was executed Tuesday at the Maize USD 266 Educational Support Center. The Wichita Eagle

FBI officials executed a search warrant Tuesday at Maize school district headquarters, according to an FBI spokeswoman.

“We’ve executed several search warrants in the Wichita area today in regards to an ongoing investigative matter,” said Bridget Patton, spokeswoman for the FBI division in Kansas City, Mo., which covers Kansas.

One of the warrants was executed at the Maize Educational Support Center, 905 W. Academy Ave. in Maize. The building houses district administrators and support staff.

Jim Cross, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, confirmed Tuesday that officials had executed a search warrant at the Maize district headquarters. Neither he nor Patton would say whether the investigation is focused on district personnel.

“No federal charges have been filed, nor do I expect any to be right away,” Cross said.

Patton would not give the location of other search warrants executed in the area Tuesday, but said none were conducted at schools. “There was not any law enforcement activity at any of the schools,” she said.

In an e-mailed statement to parents, guardians and members of the media Tuesday afternoon, Maize spokeswoman Lori O’Toole Buselt confirmed the search and investigation.

“Maize USD 266 currently is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an ongoing investigation. The investigation is not related to students or the safety of our students or employees and is limited to the Educational Support Center,” the statement said. “At this time, the district is unable to comment further.”

Wendi White, president of the Maize school board, said she could not comment on the investigation and referred questions to the district office.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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