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Police place Springfield school on modified lockdown; district says director put on leave

A3, the Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield, Oregon. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police put the Academy of Arts and Academics into a modified lockdown Wednesday for about an hour while officers took part in an investigation into an employee.

The same day, a Springfield Public Schools official wrote to parents, students and staff with "news regarding current leadership at A3," indicating the school's administrator - Mike Fisher - had been placed on leave.

"We apologize for the ambiguity of this news, however, as is often in circumstances involving personnel matters, we are unable to share any additional information," David Collins, assistant superintendent, wrote. "While frustrating for all, I am sure that you can understand the confidential, sensitive and often complex nature of any personnel issue."

Lt. Scott McKee said police were able to resolve the situation at the school within an hour, and the lockdown was lifted.

McKee said the employee involved had been placed on administrative leave. No arrests were made. He declined to identify the employee in question.

Here's the full text of the letter from Collins to the A3 community:

Good afternoon,
The purpose of this message is to share with you some news regarding current leadership at A3. Mr. Fisher has been placed on administrative leave as the result of concerns related to conduct. In the interim, Mr. Kevin Ricker will serve as the day-to-day administrator and point of contact for any concerns, questions or issues that may arise. As always our focus is to ensure consistency, stability and support for the high caliber teaching and learning our students deserve. Mr. Ricker can be reached at A3 or via email at: Kevin.Ricker@springfield.k12.or.us.
We apologize for the ambiguity of this news, however, as is often in circumstances involving personnel matters, we are unable to share any additional information. While frustrating for all, I am sure that you can understand the confidential, sensitive and often complex nature of any personnel issue.
In closing, please know that our ultimate goal is the health and wellbeing of our students, and the continuity of their educational experience.
Anyone with concerns or additional information should contact the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.
Kind Regards,
David Collins
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Springfield Public Schools

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