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Springboro superintendent resigns following allegations 'of a financial nature'

Dan Schroer
Posted at 10:01 AM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 10:18:11-04

SPRINGBORO, Ohio — The Springboro Schools Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dan Schroer as superintendent Friday morning, according to district officials.

The board said it recently received “allegations of a financial nature” against Schroer. The allegations do not involve students, officials said.

The board also said Schroer’s resignation is unrelated to “other threatened litigation concerning the district,” including the charges against John Austin Hopkins, a former Springboro gym teacher facing charges of sexually touching 28 first-grade girls in his class, a news release said.

Schroer was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 16 — the third day of the school year. At the time, the board did not release information as to why Schroer was being placed on leave.

Since the Aug. 16 decision, the board said the allegations have been independently investigated and reported to the district’s auditors and Ohio Department of Education. The district’s auditors will now be conducting a special audit.

“While this situation is not ideal and the timing is unfortunate, Springboro Schools believes it has taken action that is appropriate to protect the financial interests of the district and its community members, while also serving in the best long-term interests of our students and staff,” officials wrote in a news release.

The board appointed Carrie Hester, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, as interim superintendent. Hester will continue to serve the district in this role.

The board of education will conduct a search for a new superintendent later this school year.

“The district looks forward to having its staff and teachers continue their focus on providing Springboro students with an excellent education,” the news release said.