Police are investigating a second employee in Regional School Unit 40 in the wake of their investigation into the high school principal.

Police are mum on the nature of the investigation into the second staff member, but acknowledged it came up during the investigation into the original complaint against the principal.

In that original case, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said Nov. 22 that after an investigation by Detective Don Murray, no criminal activity was found.

The school district, as expected, has announced the scheduling of a dismissal hearing for Medomak Valley High School Principal Andrew Cavanaugh. The hearing will take place at a special board of directors' meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the central office in Union.

Dennison said Thursday, Nov. 30, that her department referred an allegation against a different staff member to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Nov. 21.

Lincoln County Sheriff Todd Brackett said Nov. 30 the new complaint remains under investigation by his department. He declined to provide additional information, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

School district officials were also mum on whether they were looking into allegations against a second employee.

"There is nothing we can discuss at this time," RSU 40 Superintendent Steve Nolan said Nov. 30.

Cavanaugh has been absent from his position for the past month. The district has not commented on the reason for his absence, citing the confidentiality of personnel matters. The board did vote Nov. 16 to hold a dismissal hearing on an employee.

On the day following that vote, Nolan said, "Our highest priority, as always, is the safety and well-being of our students."

The initial complaint was made to the Waldoboro Police Department about possible inappropriate contact between a MVHS staff member and a student. Waldoboro police referred that complaint to the Knox County Sheriff's Office because the alleged contact did not occur in Waldoboro, but instead was within the jurisdiction of Knox County.

Cavanaugh said Nov. 24 he could not comment on the matter. He would not answer whether he had retained an attorney to represent him before the School Board.

Cavanaugh has been principal at Medomak Valley since 2015. He has worked at the school since at least 2004, when he was an economics and government teacher.

Medomak Valley is in the Lincoln County town of Waldoboro, but the other four communities in the district — Union, Warren, Washington and Friendship — are in Knox County.