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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:00 pm

By Andy Ross

Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen Independent School District said it is investigating an "unfortunate incident" that involved documents containing personal student information being discarded in a field near Ellison High School.

KISD spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore confirmed on Tuesday that documents containing Social Security numbers and other student information were found Sunday evening near Old FM 440 and Stan Schlueter Loop in Killeen.

"KISD takes the protection of student and employee information very seriously," Gilmore said. "It's something we pride ourselves on and we want to make sure we protect that. This is an unfortunate incident that will be thoroughly investigated and the proper action taken."

Gilmore said she was contacted Sunday by a KWTX-TV reporter who said he had learned about the documents. The news report listed "piles" of documents being found blowing in the wind, and quoted an unidentified teacher whose name was on the documents as saying they had likely asked someone else to dump them.

Gilmore said the school district has only seen a classroom textbook list that contained Social Security numbers next to names of students. She said the school district stopped using Social Security numbers in 2008 as a means to identify students.

Gilmore said the district has no specific policy on shredding documents, but all KISD employees are given a handbook each year that outlines the expectations regarding student/employee personal information remaining confidential.

The school district has asked the Killeen Police Department for help in determining the "hows and whys" of the incident, Gilmore said.

Contact Andy Ross at aross@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468. Follow him on Twitter at KDHeducation.

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