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Hamilton Schools: Illegal drugs found in elementary assistant principal’s office

A Hamilton elementary assistant principal has resigned after illegal drugs were found in his office, according to the school district.

Kevin Kernohan was assistant principal at Brookwood Elementary until he was placed on paid leave on April 30. Then on May 4 officials removed his paid leave status and ordered him to take his accumulated sick leave instead.

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Kernohan was also previously appointed to be the summer school principal at Highland Elementary, but this week the Hamilton Board of Education rescinded that job offer by unanimous vote.

Today, Hamilton Schools released this statement:

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“In regards to the ongoing situation with Kevin Kernohan, a search of his office at Brookwood Elementary was conducted earlier today and illegal drugs were found.

As a result, Mr. Kernohan has resigned his position and is no longer an employee of Hamilton City Schools. In addition, the district will be reporting this incident to the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Professional Conduct.

At no time did this situation involve students or any additional staff members.

The district continues to work cooperatively with the Hamilton City Police Department with this situation.”

Hamilton school officials declined further comment.

Kernohan, who was previously assistant principal of Ridgeway Elementary after being hired by Hamilton Schools in 2015, has not responded to previous messages seeking comment.

Kernohan’s annual salary is listed as $68,368.

Prior to joining Hamilton Schools, Kernohan worked for the Butler County Education Service Center from 2012-2014 as its progress program principal.

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He is a graduate of Fairfield High School, Miami University and the University of Cincinnati.

He worked for Cincinnati Public Schools’ project grad program from 2003-2012.

And in 2009 he worked part-time as a Lakota West High School junior varsity boys basketball coach.

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