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Hamilton school board discusses superintendent on paid leave in executive session

The Hamilton City Schools board met for 2½ hours in private session Thursday night to review an independent investigator’s report concerning Superintendent Tony Orr, who is on paid leave.

The board held a quick, special meeting this afternoon and then voted to go into private, executive session to hear a presentation on the report concerning allegations Orr violated board policy.

Steve Isgro, board president, declined comment about the report as did other members.

Orr was ordered on paid leave Feb. 5 by the board, whose members hired an independent investigator to look into the allegations.

Hamilton Board of Education members did say they soon will announce a previously unscheduled board meeting for 5 p.m. Monday, and that they intend to also go into executive session at that time to discuss personnel matters, which is allowed under Ohio law. However, any votes by the board must take place in a public meeting.

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“We don’t know until we read the report. We are probably going to have to study the report and make a decision from then, whether it be tonight or tomorrow or when,” said Isgro earlier Thursday.

The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is March 27, though members can schedule an earlier meeting granted they provide the public at least 24-hour notice.

Board members declined further comment.

Besides an initial statement on Feb. 5 – in which Orr said he was unaware of the nature of the allegations but that “I am confident that I will be exonerated at the conclusion of this investigation” – the superintendent has not commented.

Isgro said in his Feb. 5 statement the allegations do not involve students.

This news outlet has checked numerous times with Hamilton police, who said there was not a criminal investigation of Orr.

Hamilton Schools’ Business Manager Larry Knapp has served as interim superintendent for the 10,000-student school system since Orr’s ordered departure.

In 2017, Orr had his contracted extended until 2020 by the board. His annual salary is $156,818.

He was hired in 2015.

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