Documents reveal details of Rushville principal's departure

Ryan Plattenberger

The Schuyler-Industry Community School District recently parted ways with a principal at the center of an investigation involving contact with a student.

The settlement agreement obtained by KHQA by the Freedom of Information Act details the terms of Rushville-Industry High School principal Ryan Plattenberger.

The six-page agreement dated Nov. 11 includes a $60,000 severance package, according to the documents. The district also agreed that it wouldn't dispute any future request for unemployment insurance benefits for Plattenberger.

The district and Plattenberger parted as the Illinois State Police continues its investigation.

Part of the agreement also frees the school district of any liability that might arise from the investigation.

The agreement signed by Plattenberger stressed that the document isn't an admission of guilt. It also forbids Plattenberger and the the district and its school board members from making "derogatory or disparaging comments.

Plattenberger was placed on paid administrative leave at the end of the Oct. 15 school day, according to the email from Schuyler-Industry School District interim superintendent William Mattingly.

The emails revealed that ISP, the Chicago-based Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Children and Families were all contacted in what was called a "pending investigation of inappropriate contact" against Plattenberger.