ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. – The Board of Education in the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville School District voted to place Superintendent Laura Lawrence on paid administrative leave Wednesday night.
The Board made the decision during a vote of 4-3 on Wednesday.
The district says the board members' reasons for placing Lawrence on leave will not be discussed publicly. However, it was confirmed that the State Department of Education is currently investigating past grading and promotion practices of the former Oppenheim-Ephratah district.
Dr. Patrick Michael, the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES District Superintendent, says that the state's investigation is unrelated to the reason Lawrence has been placed on leave.
The State Education Department stated: "The Department's policy is not to comment on allegations of testing irregularities that may have been received unless they are verified through investigation."
Dr. Michael will serve as the acting OESJ Superintendent until further notice.