Officials at Zanesville City Schools are instituting stronger stipulations after a man working on the new high school is being indicted on statutory rape.
Phoenix Masonry was contracted by Zanesville City Schools to assist in building the high school in 2008. The Superintendent of Zanesville City Schools, Terry Martin, says one of Phoenix Masonry's owners, Genero Rosas, is being indicted for statutory rape in Columbus. Rosas has reportedly fled to Mexico.
"As soon as the district was made aware of this information, the administration immediately contacted Phoenix Masonry through it's legal counsel and demanded that Mr. Rosas not be present at or around any school facilities that minor children frequent," says Martin in a pre-written statement.
The district is also demanding that Phoenix Masonry conduct background checks on all employees that will be on school grounds. Phoenix says they are complying with all the requests made by Zanesville City Schools. Prior to this incident, Phoenix Masonry says they did not do background checks on employees.
"At the time that was not part of our pre-employment policy and after this incident we are going to look at doing that as a part of our pre-employment. Also we are going to do that as part of addressing this issue here with Zanesville school," tells Tom Stone who was representing the owner of Phoenix Masonry.
Martin says Rosas only visited the Zanesville construction site once in July and Rosas at no time had any contact with students. Phoenix Masonry will continue to work on the construction of the new high school which is expected to be ready in the fall of 2010.