A Salado High School staff member who was fired Tuesday on an allegation of her having an inappropriate relationship with a student was engaging in in sexual intercourse with two male students, according to Texas DPS.
According to Superintendent Michael Novotny, the district was alerted about the incident Monday. After knowledge of the incident, the district immediately began an investigation in cooperation with the Salado Police Department, Child Protective Services, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Education Agency. Officials said the two victims were 15 and 16.
A day later, 29-year-old Dixie McCollough, who was a teacher’s assistant at Salado High School was fired.
In an email sent to parents Tuesday, Novotny said the “allegations are of grave concern to us all.”
"Texas laws, Board of Education policies and the Educator’s Code of Ethics are all crystal clear on this matter,” he said. “Yet, despite this clarity, individuals sometimes use extremely poor judgment in carrying out their responsibilities to students, families and the community.”
The superintendent went on to say in the letter he has no tolerance for staff members commit these alleged transgressions.
“Due to privacy rights, and to avoid interfering in an ongoing investigation, we are limited in the communication I can provide to families or staff members,” he said.
McCollough has not been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who can provide information that is helpful to the investigation is asked to contact the district at 254-947-6905 or the Bell County Sheriff’s Department at 254-933-6770.