Sebring superintendent reinstated after probe

SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) — A local superintendent placed on suspension earlier this week has been reinstated after the Board of Education’s investigation determined the allegations could not be substantiated.

The Sebring Board of Education suspended Superintendent Christopher Lewis with pay on Monday and held a 45-minute closed-door meeting Friday to reinstate him. The board did not give Lewis a reason for the suspension because “they felt a thorough investigation into the allegations was warranted prior to making the allegations public,” according to a written statement released by the board.

Sebring Teachers Union Co-President Julie Naples said Lewis’ paid suspension earlier this week caught staff by surprise.

“We were not given any reason to as why he was suspended. We technically didn’t even ask. We knew if they were going to make it public, they would have made it public. So we don’t even know why he was suspended,” Naples said.

Sebring High School junior Megan Mcilvain said it’s hard to separate fact from fiction surrounding the suspension, but she said she is concerned there will be more mudslinging now that Lewis has been reinstated.

“People will be mad he was reinstated and will make up worse rumors, so you really don’t know,” Mcilvain said.

The board said in its written statement that the allegations made “were not verifiable, vague and extremely dated.”

However, the allegations were reported to the Ohio Department of Education, which is prohibited from confirming or denying whether an investigation is pending, was completed or if a complaint was even filed.

To see the Sebring Board of Education statement, click here.


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