“The superintendent is aware of the investigation and is not reporting to work to allow for a thorough and expeditious investigation,” the statement by the district’s attorney says.
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Steiner is being paid, Myers said, and he hasn’t been put on leave. His contract says he is due to make more than $125,000 this school year. Myers hasn’t responded to questions about whether or not he’s using vacation or personal time while not reporting to work.
The Springfield News-Sun hasn’t been able to reach him for comment.
Teacher union representatives didn’t respond to messages seeking comment Thursday.
The News-Sun obtained Steiner’s personnel file through a public records request. The records don’t include anything related to complaints filed against him.
He has received high marks on annual reviews. Board members repeatedly wrote in evaluations that he was leading the district well and communicating with the board.
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“You have collaborated well with the board of education to develop a vision and improvement plan for achieving district goals and direction,” his August 2017 evaluation says.
Steiner did a good job executing the district’s strategic plan, the review says.
“We feel that you have engaged well with the board in an open and consistent manner while working toward district initiatives,” it says.
That same review also reminded Steiner to keep interactions with staff professional.
“It is our expectation that all communications and interactions with teachers and staff are handled in a way that is professional and respectful at all times,” the evaluation says. “Disagreements with staff always need to be handled in a professional and private manner.”
Steiner has worked at the district since 2015.
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No timeline has been set by the school board for the investigation.
“Once the investigation has been completed, the board will take whatever action it deems is in the best interests of the district and the students it serves,” the statement says.