Kettering school levy issues sparked leave of superintendent

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – The Kettering School Board placed its superintendent and treasurer on paid administrative leave apparently because of issues related to last fall’s levy campaign.

That levy passed with 53 percent of the vote.

After that, the state auditor’s office ordered the district to turn over documents related to the levy.

The state won’t confirm whether it’s investigating– but we know their interest sparked the district to do its own investigation.

It’s unclear exactly what role Superintendent Jim Schoenlein and Treasurer Steve Clark may have played.

Again, they’re both on paid leave.

Here’s what we do know:  The board president tells me there are concerns over campaigning for the levy.

The school board’s attorney insists the investigation does not revolve around school money, but they are looking at money raised by the local group “Citizens for Kettering Schools.”

The school is not allowed to spend money to campaign for levies so groups like this help raise money to get votes.

2 NEWS Investigates confirmed Wednesday that the State Auditor’s Office requested the group’s campaign finance reports for the past six years.

Those reports show how much money was donated and spent by the group.

The school board’s review should be completed soon.

After that, the board will decide whether to take any permanent disciplinary action.

 

 

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