Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 7:37 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 11:15 PM
By: Parker Perry
SPRINGFIELD — 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.
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