Northwestern superintendent Jesse Steiner

Northwestern board to discuss complaints amid superintendent probe

Northwestern Local Schools’ board of education will hold a closed executive session meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, in part “to consider the investigation of complaints against a public employee.”

Northwestern Superintendent Jesse Steiner has been away from the district since Nov. 26 while allegations of unprofessional behavior are investigated, according to a statement from the school board’s attorney.

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School board President Donna Myers on Monday declined to address the details of the complaints against Steiner. She did say that Steiner hasn’t been formally placed on leave or scheduled for a disciplinary hearing.

“They’re just investigating now, and we will be advised on what direction we need to take eventually,” Myers said. “All we’re doing is fact-finding right now.”

The school board will make a statement about the case “maybe later this week,” Myers said.

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Steiner, previously superintendent of the Celina and Hicksville districts, was hired by Northwestern in June 2015 after Tony Orr left to become superintendent of Hamilton City Schools. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

High school Principal Lori Swafford is currently serving as Northwestern’s interim superintendent.

The school board meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the board of education office at 5610 Troy Road has only one item on the agenda between the public roll call and adjournment — a closed executive session.

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In addition to talking about the investigation, school board members will be interviewing candidates for the role of district treasurer during the executive session.

Northwestern’s longtime treasurer, David Bollheimer, announced his retirement in mid-November. He’s been with the district for 27 years and will leave at the end of the month.

The school board’s next regularly scheduled public meeting is 6 p.m. Dec. 21 in the elementary school library.

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