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Leetonia Schools superintendent placed on leave

LEETONIA–Longtime Leetonia Schools Superintendent Rob Mehno has been placed on paid administrative leave following a “concern” raised by a school employee, according to school board President Michael Henderson.

Henderson on Thursday issued a statement confirming that Mehno had been placed on an indefinite paid administrative leave Thursday afternoon after the school board received a “concern from a school employee that is being addressed per board policy.” Mehno will remain on leave until the board’s review and any subsequent and related investigations are complete, Henderson said.

Mehno had no comment when contacted Thursday night.

Henderson did not say when the board learned of the allegation, but the board entered an executive session during a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss personnel matters. Mehno was not present at the meeting.

Henderson said there is no timeline for the review. He declined to comment on the nature of the allegation due to the ongoing investigation.

Leetonia Police Chief Allen Haueter also confirmed Thursday the department is investigating two complaints against Mehno that were filed with the department that morning, but he also declined to comment on the nature of the complaints due to the ongoing investigation.

Henderson said High School Principal Troy Radinsky will conduct superintendent duties as needed during Mehno’s leave.

Mehno has been the superintendent of Leetonia Schools since August 2009. He is in the third year of a five-year contract the board approved prior to the 2017-2018 school year. He had also recently been one of the final candidates for the South Range Schools superintendent position beginning in 2019-2020.

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