UPDATE: Jac-Cen-Del School Board Votes To Cut Ties With Superintendent
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted at 8:32 p.m.:
During a special session Tuesday evening, the Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools Board of School Trustees voted to terminate the contract of district superintendent Dr. Leanna Phillippe.
The vote was 3-0. A fourth school board member was unable to make the meeting due to being in the hospital and a fifth abstained from the vote because he had been a witness in a hearing concerning the superintendent, said board president Travis Neal.
“It was a quick decision after much legal advice. We wish her the best of luck in the future. I have no ill will to say about her at all,” Neal said.
The reasons for which Phillippe’s firing was sought were not discussed during the meeting. Neal said a findings of fact document will be released to the public in the near future.
Neal said that former Jac-Cen-Del Schools superintendent Bill Narwold, who Phillippe had replaced when Narwold retired in 2012, will work with the school board on a consultation basis to help with the transition to a new superintendent yet to be selected.
Original story posted at 4:28 p.m.:
(Osgood, Ind.) – A local school district superintendent may have her contract terminated Tuesday evening.
Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Leanna Phillippe is not named in the possible action to be taken by the school board, but her position is.
The Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools Board of School Trustees has scheduled an executive session for 6:00 p.m. to receive information regarding an employee’s alleged misconduct and status as an employee. Following that closed-door meeting, the board will meet in a public session where the sole agenda item is to consider the possible termination of the superintendent of schools’ contract.
Jac-Cen-Del School Board President Travis Neal did not issue a comment in regards to the situation Tuesday. The ultimate reason behind the possible employment action is, for now, unclear.
Phillippe became superintendent in 2012. Before that, she served as the Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School principal.
Why the secrecy and why not release the information immediately? Usually that is nothing more than biding time while looking for an acceptable and palatable reason to serve to the public without one. She worked hard for the children and the parents of this community. This is a shame. Unfortunately, when pure dislike of another is allowed to make professional decisions, stall tactics must be used in order to provide cover-up reasoning.