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Why has Hamilton's superintendent been suspended since February?

Posted at 11:02 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 23:03:51-04

HAMILTON, Ohio -- More than a month after Hamilton City Schools board suspended superintendent Tony Orr, no one involved has yet specified the reason for the suspension beyond references to "an investigation" and assurances that said investigation does not involve any students.

In that information vacuum, "rumors are exploding," Hamilton parent Randy Romer told the Journal-News. Orr himself said at the time of his own suspension that he did not know why it had happened.

A Monday meeting of the school board yielded zero answers, and district attorney Bill Deters said resolution was still likely weeks away.

"We know there is some impatience for it to come to a conclusion, and the board appreciates the patience people are exercising," he said. "But this is one of those things where we would rather be thorough and right than quick."

Deters also stressed the investigation into Orr's conduct, which allegedly included violations of school board policies, was undertaken by an objective outside firm.

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Orr, whose contract is scheduled to last until 2020, makes $156,818 each year as superintendent.