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Two Maize school district employees on administrative leave

A search warrant was executed by the FBI Tuesday at the Maize USD 266 Educational Support Center. (Nov. 18, 2014)
A search warrant was executed by the FBI Tuesday at the Maize USD 266 Educational Support Center. (Nov. 18, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Two employees of the Maize school district have been placed on administrative leave in the wake of a federal investigation, a district official said Wednesday.

The employees’ names were not released. They were placed on leave Tuesday, said district spokeswoman Lori O’Toole Buselt.

“We can confirm that two employees have been placed on administrative leave,” Buselt said. “And really, that’s all I can say at this time.”

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant Tuesday at Maize school district headquarters. That building, at 905 W. Academy in Maize, houses district administrators and support staff.

According to an FBI official, the agency executed “several” search warrants in the Wichita area Tuesday related to an ongoing investigation, but officials would not give addresses of the other locations.

No arrests have been made relating to the investigation, said Jim Cross, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

In an e-mail to families Wednesday, the district said that “due to increased digital network security measures,” it had reset passwords for family accounts in its Skyward student information system. Parents were instructed to log into the Skyward site and reset their passwords “as soon as you are able.”

“No personal data has been compromised,” the e-mail said.

The e-mail then said, “Maize Schools would like to reiterate that the ongoing investigation does not pertain to students or to the safety of students or employees.”

In an e-mailed statement to families and the media Tuesday, Buselt said the district is “cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an ongoing investigation.”

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

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