Encompass Resolution breakdown

On June 28, 2021 private investigation company Encompass Resolution, based in Kansas City, Missouri, looked into a history of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.

Rachel Finan

On June 28, 2021 private investigation company Encompass Resolution, based in Kansas City, Missouri, looked into a history of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.

This article discusses sexual abuse within KSD and may be harmful to some readers.

Information or statements regarding sexual abuse or misconduct can be given via online form at kirkwoodschools.org/report or emailed to [email protected] Individuals can also reach out to the district’s Title IX coordinators: Dr. Howard Fields, [email protected] or Ms. Cindi Nelson, [email protected]

On June 28, 2021, private investigation company Encompass Resolution, based in Kansas City, MO, presented their findings at the BOE meeting. Their findings included 30 KSD staff members that have been accused of sexual misconduct since the 70’s. This piece breaks down the key dates within this ongoing story and takes a look at the findings and recommendations that have resulted.

The Kirkwood School District has stated that they “Take allegations of abuse, misconduct, or inappropriate behavior very seriously. Anyone who has information related to abuse, misconduct, or inappropriate behavior by any current or former KSD staff member should call the local police department and notify the KSD human resources department.”

KSD Chief Communications Director Steph Diedrick referred TKC to the press release statements on the KSD website in which KSD superintendent Dr. David Ulrich stated, “In the coming days, we will analyze the report in detail and work to ensure all recommendations are promptly implemented. Additional investigations into allegations will be conducted, where appropriate. Through this process, we are beginning to rebuild the trust our students need and our families and community deserve.”

For more information regarding the report by Encompass Resolution, go to the page titled, “FAQs on the June 28 Encompass Resolution Report” on KSD’s website.

 

    • July 7, 2020: A Facebook post by alum Katie Pappageorge in the KHS alumni group message accuses a former Kirkwood teacher of sexual misconduct from the 90s. With this came six others who came forward and the investigation into Pappageorge’s case began.
    • July 13, 2020: KSD Superintendent Dr. David Ulrich announces he intends to obtain  “an independent assessment and investigation of the culture and climate within our schools and the district related to the reporting and handling of allegations of sexual abuse, misconduct and inappropriate behavior.”
    • Aug. 31, 2020: The KSD Board of Education hires investigation firm Encompass Resolution. The firm says they should have a report on their findings by December. 
    • Oct. 22, 2020: KHS students are sent a survey as part of the firm’s investigation to assess the culture surrounding abuse and protocol within the high school.
    • April 22, 2021: Students complete Sexual Abuse Training program by Safe Schools during homeroom. 
    • June 28, 2021: Case findings are presented to the Kirkwood School Board and recommendations are made as to how to proceed in the future. 

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Encompass’ Findings: 

    • A general lack of knowledge surrounding the KSD policy of abuse and reporting it among the students and staff.
    • A lack of trust among students in their reports being taken seriously and a perceived favoritism in how the school authorities would select which cases to review further.
    • Key policies regarding reporting and handling cases of sexual abuse or misconduct are sound and consistent with other Missouri School Districts.
    • There have been 30 staff members accused of sexual abuse or misconduct since the 1970s. 
    • There were findings of insufficient training, incomplete investigations, concerns of bias and inconsistent storage with record keeping. 

We are beginning to rebuild the trust our students need and our families and community deserve.”

— Dr. David Ulrich

 

Recommendations by Encompass Resolution: 

    • Outsourcing of investigations of concerns brought against administrators. 
    • Ongoing training for investigation personnel in addition to the upcoming scheduled training. 
    • Outsourcing of investigations into sexual misconduct/abuse.