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Cuyahoga Heights parents fed up with school board after superintendent put on leave

Posted at 11:53 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 23:53:59-04

Police were called in as hundreds of frustrated parents packed another contentious Cuyahoga Heights school board meeting Wednesday evening.

Parents, students and alumni were demanding answers and transparency after the district's superintendent Tom Evans was put on administrative leave last week without explanation.

Evans told reporter Homa Bash he is not commenting publicly at this time.

Wednesday night's meeting was held in Independence. It was not immediately clear why the move was made from the normal location of the Cuyahoga Heights auditorium.

Meanwhile, many parents are demanding the resignation of school board president Dr. Holly Thacker, who also refused to comment.

There's an effort underway to raise enough funds to hire an attorney to push for the removal of Thacker.

On Monday, the board revealed they are investigating allegations, but did not explain the circumstances or what the allegations are regarding.

Bill Nichols has three children under the age of 6 and moved to Cuyahoga Heights specifically for the school district, one of the most vocal at Wednesday's meeting.

"This isn't the normal, 'teachers want more money and school board is fighting against it.' This is something completely different. Something unique for the state and for the area," Nichols said. "It doesn't feel right at all."

The district is still recovering from an embezzlement scandal from several years ago -- the former technology director Joe Palazzo is currently serving 11 years in federal prison for stealing more than $3.3 million from the district.