Auditor’s review prompted leave for Kettering superintendent, treasurer

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – The superintendent and the treasurer for Kettering City Schools have been relieved of their duties.

KetteringThe school board held a special session Tuesday morning where they voted to place Superintendent Jim Schoenlein and Treasurer Steve Clark on paid administrative leave, effectively immediately. The vote was unanimous.

A release by the attorney for the school board reads:

“The Kettering Board of Education has relieved both the Superintendent and the Treasurer of their duties and placed them on paid administrative leave pending further review of matters related to their employment.”

“The board has engaged in an extensive review of this situation, and is assured that the educational treatment of students was not involved, but takes seriously the professional management of the District, and has taken this action to assure that quality continues.”

“Dr. Christy Donnelly, who retired last year as Superintendent in the Vandalia-Butler City School District and Daniel Schall, a licensed Treasurer in the State of Ohio, will be providing Treasurer Services contracted through the Montgomery County Educational Service Center.”

The school board declined to give specific reasons for its action Tuesday.  It did say it hired two attorneys in February to conduct a review of testing and levy issues brought to the board’s attention as a result of a State Auditor’s Office investigation.

The board found that there were no irregularities related to testing and says students are not impacted in any way and embezzlement of district funds is not an issue in the board’s decision to put Schoenlein and Clark on administrative leave.

Kettering Schools says all district activities will continued as planned.

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