ASHLAND — Ashland City Schools is investigating allegations of misconduct against an employee at the middle school, Supt. Steve Paramore said in a statement at Ashland City Schools’ board meeting Monday night.
Paramore did not name the employee under investigation.
He told the board the employee has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 19 at 12:45 p.m., following allegations of misconduct brought to the district that morning.
Paramore said he escorted the employee off school grounds on Oct. 19. He told the board the employee has not set foot on district property following that date, aside from two mandatory meetings at Ashland City Schools administrative offices.
The district put out a statement to Ashland Middle School parents on Oct. 25. Paramore said that message came after consulting the district’s legal counsel in order to protect the investigation’s integrity.
“I as the superintendent understand that this may not have been fast enough in the minds of some of our Arrow families,” Paramore said on Monday. “For that, I will take sole responsibility for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused.”
Paramore said the district will follow board-adopted policy during the investigation, and “will leave no stone unturned.”
He said the district welcomed constructive feedback from the community, adding that anyone with questions or concerns could reach out to him directly. The board did not receive any public comments about the situation during their meeting on Monday.
Paramore referenced social media feedback, stating he takes responsibility for “where this situation goes.”
“The timetable of this investigation does not have a current, tangible deadline,” Paramore said.
Zack Truax, a member of the Ashland City Schools board of education, commended Paramore for how he handled the situation.
“I know in modern times of social media and media gratification, that people can demand to have information sooner than when they get it,” Truax said. “I would rather be right, and be fair, than be fast.”
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