Ki-Be school official placed on unpaid leave for allegedly stealing property

By Ty Beaver, Tri-City HeraldJune 17, 2013 

BENTON CITY -- A Kiona-Benton City School District administrator has been placed on unpaid leave after allegedly stealing school property and selling it on eBay for thousands of dollars.

The Kiona-Benton City School Board announced the decision Monday afternoon after a public meeting Friday night.

Board members discussed the matter in a closed-door session, according to a statement from the district. The board placed Noyes on paid administrative leave June 10.

The board's vote about Noyes was unanimous and will be in effect until its next regular meeting June 24 "when the matter will be reviewed in light of further information," according to the district's news release.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office began investigating Noyes in April after an unidentified board member reported suspicions of wrongdoing.

Investigators received records from eBay, an online auction site, with a warrant and found Noyes sold 10 sensors for heating and cooling systems for $500 a piece, a camera for $30 and an undisclosed amount of paper. The items were sold over a period of three years.

Authorities recommended Noyes be charged with theft and trafficking in stolen property. Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller said his office is reviewing the case.

Noyes has worked for the district since February 2010 and earns $69,000 a year.

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