Under the Ohio Revised Code, the term “misconduct” has many definitions and distinctions.
The board will not go into details while the investigation is active, Isgro said, but he said that students are not involved.
A review of Orr’s personnel file also revealed he did not sign the Ohio Ethics Law acknowledgment form, which details the ethical and legal requirements of holding public office, when hired in 2015.
Robert Hancock, Hamilton schools treasurer, said Orr “would have received it with his original employment information. It appears that we do not have a signed acknowledgement in his file.”
Larry Knapp, the school district’s business manager, is now serving as interim superintendent.
In the board’s notice to Orr, it stated: “you are hereby being placed on paid administrative leave, effective immediately, pending investigation into allegations of misconduct.
“This administrative leave will be for an indefinite period of time. During your administrative leave, you are not to be on district property or to attend district-sponsored events without written permission from me (Isgro). You are not to speak with district personnel regarding this or any other matter during this time.
“You are to turn in your keys/badge and any other items of board-owned property in your possession. If necessary, arrangements will be made with you at a later date for securing any of your personal items located on school district property.”
Hamilton school board member Tom Alf, who was the lone board vote last year against extending Orr’s contract to 2020, told this news outlet that, “I’m pleased there is going to be an independent look at this” but did not elaborate further as to the nature of the allegations.
“I feel very confident in Mr. Knapp and the decisions we have made as a board in moving on this, and that’s all I really have to say,” Alf said.
The school board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hamilton Schools’ Central Office, 533 Dayton St.