Board accepts principal’s resignation


By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com



HUBER HEIGHTS — At their meeting Monday night, the Huber Heights school board approved Valley Forge Elementary Principal Larry Sussman’s resignation.

The board voted to accept his resignation unanimously and without discussion.

He will return to the district as a teacher, according to a written statement from Sussman read by board member Mike Miller during the meeting.

Sussman’s statement said that things have “not been easy” for him over the past three years because of the loss of a parent “and other personal events.”

“I love our schools and those I serve,” Sussman also wrote.

Miller was the only board member to comment on the decision, saying that it was not one he made lightly.

Sussman was placed on paid administrative leave in December following an “investigation into possible misconduct, specifically engaging in inappropriate and unprofessional behavior online,” district officials said.

Sussman posted a video to Facebook earlier this week in which he said that he was placed on leave for what he was told were two incidents.

One was a picture of him with a student that was posted to Facebook, that he said was posted with that child’s parent’s permission. According to Sussman, the other incident involved a Facebook post about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims.

In other business, the board approved contracts for Assistant Superintendent Shelley Hildebrand, Charles Huber Principal Tamara Granata, Athletic Director Jay Minton, and curriculum supervisor Delores Pugh.

The board also heard from parents concerned about the gifted program offered by the district, urging the board to carefully consider any changes made to the program.

The board also approved the granting of diplomas. The Class of 2016 graduation will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

By Cecilia Fox

cfox@civitasmedia.com

Reach reporter Cecilia Fox at cfox@civitasmedia.com or (937) 552-2205.

Reach reporter Cecilia Fox at cfox@civitasmedia.com or (937) 552-2205.