breaking news

Springfield man found dead in park; case connected to Huber Heights home invasion

Northwestern superintendent on paid leave; parent calls investigation ‘witch hunt’


The Northwestern Local Schools superintendent was placed on administrative leave tonight following an investigation one parent called a “witch hunt.”

The Board of Education voted 3-1 to place Superintendent Jesse Steiner on paid leave. Board member Russell Steele voted against putting Steiner on leave.

They then appointed Lori Swafford acting superintendent. She is the principal of the Northwestern Jr./Sr. High School.

MORE-Northwestern investigating allegations against superintendent

The Board of Education read a statement to a room filled with upset parents. They said the investigation was finished, but would not reveal what they found.

“The board focused on Mr. Steiener’s alleged misconduct when interacting with others on the job and whether or not he was maintaining the high standards of professional conduct we expect from staff,” member Andy Gundolf said, speaking on behalf of the board. 

Steiner makes more than $125,000 a year, according to his personnel file. He was last at work Nov. 27, when he was told to stay off district property. Gundolf said the investigation was not of a sexual or criminal nature, but that the board could not elaborate further until Steiner was made aware of the allegations.

>> Driver of car in crash that killed Graham student suspected of alcohol abuse

Many people attended the regular board meeting Thursday at the Northwestern Elementary School library, including Steiner’s wife and two daughters.

“If they made a decision, let our superintendent know so we as a community can move on,” David Bischoff said.

Jay Skrabacz told the board during the public comment part of the meeting that he felt they were being unfair and called the investigation a “witch hunt.”

>> Feed the Hungry program expands to Springfield, delivers holiday meals

“When you look at Mr. Steiner, he has done amazing things for this district. The kids love him. He reads to gradeschool kids on a weekly basis. He's here all the time," he said.

Steiner’s wife said they have not heard anything from the board during its investigation, and that once they hear from the board’s attorney they may speak about the incident.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

Sinkhole opens on White House lawn outside press briefing room
Sinkhole opens on White House lawn outside press briefing room

A sinkhole opened Tuesday on the North Lawn of the White House, outside the press briefing room. >> Read more trending news  Reporters shared pictures of the hole on Twitter. Voice of America’s Steve Herman noted that he’s been watching the hole grow bigger by the day. By Tuesday afternoon, yellow caution tape and orange cones...
5 things to know about flesh-eating bacteria in Florida waters
5 things to know about flesh-eating bacteria in Florida waters

The Florida Department of Health has a warning for Florida residents and tourists about a deadly strain of flesh-eating bacteria. Federal health officials have said Vibrio vulnificus infections have increased each year since 2000. As scary as that sounds, though, the likelihood of contracting the bacterium is still pretty small. “You...
Ohio may ban sexting by anyone under 19; set up teen diversion program
Ohio may ban sexting by anyone under 19; set up teen diversion program

A bill that would ban sexting by anyone under age 19 and require courts to set up diversion programs for young offenders was approved by an Ohio House committee Tuesday night. Sexting is so rampant that many teens are finding troubles beyond their years in courts struggling to cope with the modern phenomenon. One study showed almost 15 percent of teens...
Ohio closer to allowing dogs on restaurant patios statewide
Ohio closer to allowing dogs on restaurant patios statewide

Restaurant owners and not public health officials would decide whether to allow dogs on outdoor patios and porches under a bill that passed an Ohio Senate panel Tuesday. State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester, sponsored the bill. Coley, who likes to take his sheepdogs Wilby and Elwood with him on vacations, out to dinner and around town, said last month...
Springfield man found dead in Mabra park
Springfield man found dead in Mabra park

Springfield police are investigating after a body was found in Virgil A. Mabra Memorial Park on Tuesday morning. The Clark County Coroner’s Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Cedric Holt, Jr., 34, of Huber Heights was the man found. His death is considered suspicious at this time. Police were called to the scene near the intersection of...
More Stories