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Posted on 11/20/2017
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Indian Lake Board of Education Rejects Referee’s Recommendation

The Indian Lake Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, November 20, 2017, and unanimously passed a resolution to reject the recommendation issued by Ohio Department of Education Referee Robert Harrelson on November 7, 2017, and immediately terminated the contract of Patrick O’Donnell.

Following a five-day hearing held in August and September, Mr. Harrelson recommended that the Indian Lake Board of Education keep O’Donnell on indefinite unpaid leave until the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.  

Board members reject the analysis and conclusions contained in the Referee’s Report and Recommendation, including but not limited to his recommendation that the Board not proceed with termination of O’Donnell’s employment contract at this time.

By law, the Board may accept or reject the Referee’s Recommendation. Board members have not taken any position as to O’Donnell’s guilt or innocence relative to the pending criminal proceedings.

However, based on the board’s findings of facts, the Board resolves that O’Donnell’s contract of employment with Indian Lake Schools is terminated, effective immediately.