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Lorain CEO says teachers' pay in jeopardy if school board does not drop restraining order

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 10:28:13-04

LORAIN, Ohio — Lorain City Schools CEO David Hardy Jr. sent a letter to faculty and staff Monday telling them if the school board does not drop a restraining order against him, teachers' paychecks might be in jeopardy.

He wrote the restraining order prevents him from hiring a treasurer for the district and he's the only one who can pay the bills.

"It was false and irresponsible," said Mark Ballard, the Lorain City School Board President.

Ballard says the position of treasurer is not vacant.

Although the sitting treasurer has requested out of his contract and he has a new job waiting for him elsewhere, the board has not accepted his resignation.

In fact, he's working on a shared contract between Lorain and his new job.

"He's been reporting to both places, he's been doing both jobs," said Ballard.

Ballard says Hardy is dishing out empty threats because his power as CEO is being questioned.

"I see no way that teachers are not going to be paid," he said. "We will find a way to make sure our people are paid."

We reached out to the CEO for further explanation of the letter, but the person who answered the phone in his office said "the letter is his statement."

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