Parents demand answers of Cuyahoga Heights school board after superintendent put on leave

Board says they are investigating allegations
Posted at 11:27 PM, Aug 08, 2016

Frustrations continue in Cuyahoga Heights after the school’s superintendent was suddenly placed on administrative leave — and parents are demanding answers.

Parents, students, alumni and city leaders packed a special school board meeting Monday evening, nearly every one holding a sign in support of ousted superintendent Tom Evans.

It remains unclear why Evans was put on leave two weeks before school is back in session.

Following an executive session behind closed doors Monday, the school board released the following statement:

“No matter how we got here, we must move forward. On behalf of all five Board members, the school district is going to engage in a process to investigate allegations and related matters. We are hopeful that this investigation will conclude within four weeks, barring extraordinary circumstances. The Board has engaged two law firms independent of Allain and Associates for the sole purpose of looking into these allegations and related matters, and no Board member will be involved in conducting the investigation. Nor shall any Board member be making any further statements until the investigation is concluded.”

It remains unclear the nature of the allegations.

Mr. Evans told reporter Homa Bash that he would prefer not to comment until speaking with his attorney.

Another school board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Cuyahoga Heights school district serves students from three communities — Cuyahoga Heights, Valley View and Brooklyn Heights.