Montgomery County Inspector General Opening Two Investigation Into MCPS’ Handling of Misconduct Accusations

The Montgomery County Inspector General is opening two investigations into Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) handling of misconduct accusations. In August, a Washington Post article alleged that Dr. Joel Beidleman, who had recently been named principal at Paint Branch High School, was reported to MCPS 18 times in seven years and detailed alleged sexual harassment, workplace bullying, and other inappropriate conduct at multiple schools, spanning over a decade.
Inspector General Megan Limarzi sent the following letter to Montgomery County Board of Education President Karla Silvestre on September 20:

“Please accept this letter as notification that pursuant to $2-151 of the Montgomery County Code the Office of the Inspector General is opening two engagements related to allegations against Dr. Joel Beidleman and Montgomery County Public School’s (MCPS) handling of misconduct complaints. The first engagement is a review of MCPS’s process for receiving and responding to allegations of misconduct against school system employees. Through this review we will assess whether MCPS has effective procedures for the receipt, assignment, investigation, referral, resolution, documentation, and retention of allegations of misconduct by its employees. The second engagement is an investigation into all allegations of misconduct by Dr. Beidleman that have been received since July 2023 as well as any previous allegations that were not yet investigated.

In conducting these engagements, we will inspect relevant records, interview pertinent staff, and review applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Moving forward, my office will work directly with Dr. McKnight and her staff.”

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