Board puts Rushville principal on leave during police investigation
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:45:23 GMT —
The school board placed the Rushville-Industry High School principal on administrative leave following a closed Oct. 17 meeting.
School board member Chris Trone confirmed that principal Ryan Plattenberger was placed on leave after special school board meeting held last week. Trone stressed that he wasn't at that meeting, but that he has been briefed on the issue at hand.
It's absolutely something we need to be on top of, he said. If something is not right, it needs to be taken care of soon as possible.
The Schuyler-Industry United District No. 5 school board met during its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday night; however, the allegations were not discussed.
"There's a personnel matter with the district that I'm not at liberty to discuss," interim superintendent Bill Mattingly said. "The district has been advised, and I've been advised not to discuss the matter, and that's where we're at."
Master Sgt. David Roll of the Illinois State Police said his office was contacted by Schuyler County State's Attorney Ramon Escapa to investigate what he described as some allegations at the high school specifically related to the principal.
We're doing some things today that might bring some things to light, Roll said. I don't want to say too much before I find out what transpired today.
Escapa would not speak about the investigation.
Calls to Plattenberger were not returned. He's the former high school girls basketball coach and has served as principal for at least two years.
Schuyler-Industry Middle School principal Jim Shepherd is working double-duty serving as interim principal during Plattenberger's leave of absence.
We've got a situation over there, he said of the high school. We're just waiting to see what direction we're going.
Trone said that it's unclear whether the school board will have any additional discussion about Plattenberger's future.
There's going to be some information coming out really soon, he said.