Kettering’s superintendent Jim Schoenlein resigns


KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Kettering School’s Superintendent Jim Schoenlein resigned Monday morning.

School board members voted to accept his resignation at the conclusion of a two hour disciplinary hearing held by the Board of Education.

Image (1) Kettering.jpg for post 21720The hearing was a result of what board members perceived as a “problematic relationship” with treasurer Steve Clark.

The two have been on paid administrative leave since May 6.

The board had accused Dr. Schoenlein of “placing the district at legal and financial risk,” but there were only kind words expressed following the vote.

“His knowledge of curriculum has been outstanding, he has been supportive of teachers through ongoing professional development, and he has supported student activities throughout the district in an unparalleled manner,” said George Bayless, Kettering Board of Education President.

Parents were reluctant to talk, but students with whom 2 NEWS spoke seemed to feel Dr. Schoenlein would be missed.

Schoenlein’s contract runs for another year, but he will be paid only through August, 2014. His base salary is $130,000.

Schoenlein has served as superintendent for the last five years after retiring and being rehired.

He nor his attorney would comment after the board adjourned.

The school board is expected to further discuss Clark’s future with the district Friday.  Even with Dr. Schoenlein out of the picture, Bayless said people should not conclude that Clark will necessarily be able to stay on as treasurer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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