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The turmoil at Shaker Heights High School now reaches all the way up to its administration

Posted at 4:58 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 18:22:14-04

There's been a shakeup in Shaker Heights. Questions continue to swirl around the school district there as a series of sudden staff departures have created confusion.

Now, the abrupt changes are reaching the high school's administration.

The latest change came this week with the principal finding himself in the hot seat.

"We're all trying to figure it out. I don't think the teachers exactly know what to tell us, so they can't really talk a lot about it," said Lily Lucarelli, Shaker Heights High School student.

Within just the last few weeks, two cheerleading coaches resigned amid accusations of fat-shaming a student.

Also, an English teacher was placed on administrative leave, the head football coach resigned, and his special teams coach was fired.

"No one is really sure what's happening, so I think a lot of the students are confused," said Lucarelli.

Jonathan Kuehnle, who holds the top spot at Shaker Heights High, now finds himself placed on administrative leave.

"You can tell that there's something going on," said Kamryn Potter, a Shaker Heights High School student.

In an e-mailed statement, the district's interim superintendent said it was a personnel matter and no other details would be released.

"It's hard because we, like, want to have a good last year, but all the students are confused about what's going on," said Lucarelli.

Lucarelli and Potter, both seniors, said the staff shuffles are unsettling and shifting their focus.

"We're there for our school work, but like hearing about all of this stuff and all the rumors, it distracts us from our work. I think it would be better if we had a big meeting, told us what was going on so we're not just wondering, making up things," said Potter.

The district's former middle school principal is serving as substitute principal at the high school.

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