The school immediately moved to place O’Donnell on paid leave after he was arrested, but said they couldn’t put him on unpaid leave right away for legal reasons. The board met in a special meeting and went into executive session, the press release says, and returned to take a vote.
“Upon returning from executive session, the Board of Education passed a resolution for the purpose of moving Patrick O’Donnell to unpaid status, pending action to terminate,” the press release states. “Under Ohio law, Mr. O’Donnell has the right to request a full hearing in front of the Indian Lake Board of Education or in front of a referee appointed by the Ohio Department of Education before his contract can be terminated. He has ten days to request a hearing after he receives notice of the Board’s action on Thursday evening.”