Yellow Springs principal on medical leave advised to stay off school property

The principal at Yellow Springs High School/McKinney Middle School is on leave because of an unspecified illness, according to district officials, but the superintendent has also instructed him not to contact students, and to return his keys and devices.

That’s according to a March 15 letter from Yellow Springs Schools Superintendent Mario Basora to Tim Krier, the high school/middle school principal, and obtained by the Dayton Daily News using Ohio’s public records laws.

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Basora wrote in the letter acknowledging receipt of a doctor’s note from Krier placing him on leave for at least six weeks.

Basora’s letter directs Krier to “stay off school grounds and away from all school-sponsored events” until the superintendent determines whether “it is appropriate for your to return to work.”

“During this period, please refrain from contacting any students (outside of your own family) regarding all matters related to education and your position with Yellow Springs schools, unless prior permission is obtained,” the letter reads.

Basora advised Krier that by March 16, he needed to return all work-related keys, key fobs and devices. Basora also advised him to schedule a time over the subsequent weekend to collect his personal belongings from the school.

The same day Basora’s letter was sent to Krier, Basora wrote a separate letter informing district parents of Krier’s change-in-status with the district.

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In the letter to parents, Basora wrote that for the past week, “Dr. Krier and his wife have been working through a personal family issue that is demanding their full attention. He will continue to be out of the office for an extended period of time that could potentially go until the end of the school year.”

Krier was hired as the principal to the high school and middle school in 2009 and previously worked as a teacher in schools in the Columbus area, according to documents in his personnel file with the district. He is currently working under a three-year contract with the district that is set to expire in July 2019, according to district records.

Krier’s salary is set at $104,424 as of August 2016 when his current contract went into effect, according to district records.

Krier could not be reached for comment.

A message left with Basora requesting more information was not returned.

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