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Greenon clinical aide returns to work after placed on paid leave

A clinical aide at the Greenon Local School District has returned to work after being placed on paid administrative leave last month.

Diane Christensen is now working at Greenon High School in the school’s intensive resource room, Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said. He said the district is continuing to work with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, which represents staff at the school.

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“I can share that she has returned to work and is performing aide functions, which are consistent with her aide classification within the union,” Silvus said in an email.

Christensen worked as a clinical aide at Indian Valley Intermediate School when she was placed on administrative leave in February. Silvus said in a letter sent to Christensen last month that was placed in her personnel file that the school had concerns about her credentials for being a clinical aide at the school.

“It came to my attention from a concern raised about an accident involving a student in the hallway at Indian Valley Middle School last Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. In conjunction with this incident, it has also come to my attention that you may not possess the requisite certification to perform the position of clinical aide,” Silvus wrote in a letter to Christensen obtained by the Springfield News-Sun through a public records request.

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The superintendent said in an emailed statement last week that Christensen was moved to a different school because of the district needs.

“We have a present and immediate need for staff/student assistance in our IRR room at GHS,” Silvus said. “We address our needs as they arise and make determinations on how best to staff those needs. In this case, the administration determined that this employee’s background and experience both inside and outside the district met the immediate needs and we worked with the OAPSE union to address this.”

It remains unclear if Christensen has the proper certification to fill the role she had been working in at Indian Valley. Silvus and Greenon Local Schools declined further comment when asked if she did have the proper certification. Christensen couldn’t be reached for comment for this story.

Christensen’s personnel file indicated that she has worked for the district for almost two decades.

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