The Northwestern Local Schools district has recently launched an investigation into Superintendent Jesse Steiner after accusations of alleged unprofessional conduct have surfaced. Here are three things to know about the ongoing case.
1. Not reporting to work following allegations
Steiner hasn’t reported to work for the district since Nov. 26, according to school board President Donna Myers. She declined to comment on the details surrounding the allegations but said the district is currently in a “fact-finding phase.”
Steiner hasn’t formally been placed on leave. He hasn’t been able to be reached for comment and no one answered at his home on Wednesday.
Steiner made more than $120,000 in the 2016-2017 school year, according to the Ohio Treasurer’s website. He’s receiving his salary while not working, Myers said. She didn’t clarify if he’s using vacation time or not.
Northwestern High School Principal Lori Swafford is acting as interim superintendent for the district.
2. Closed sessions planned this week
The school board has planned two closed executive sessions for Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 16.
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The school board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the board of education office at 5610 Troy Road. The executive sessions will “consider the investigation of complaints against a public employee,” according to the agendas.
3. Steiner’s history in local schools
Steiner was hired into his position in June 2015 after Tony Orr left the role to become superintendent of Hamilton City Schools. Previously, Steiner served as the superintendent of Celina City Schools starting in 2012 and was also in the role at the Hicksville Exempted School District in Defiance County for two years.
This news outlet has filed a public records request for Steiner’s personnel file. The board’s attorney is currently reviewing the file, retiring Treasurer David Bollheimer said.
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