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Cuyahoga Hts. board not releasing report on suspended superintendent

Tom Evans (Source: Cuyahoga Heights Schools) Tom Evans (Source: Cuyahoga Heights Schools)
Holly Thacker (Source: Cuyahoga Heights Schools) Holly Thacker (Source: Cuyahoga Heights Schools)

The Cuyahoga Heights school board received a report detailing a ten week investigation into superintendent Tom Evans on Tuesday, but did not release it to the public.

Evans was placed on paid administrative leave at the beginning of August for no publicly stated reason. The board initially stated that they wanted a final report on him finished by Oct. 3, but later announced that it would not be completed as planned.

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After adjourning into a three hour executive session, the board emerged, and released a statement, telling the dozens gathered at the meeting that they had been advised by their attorneys not to speak publicly about personnel matters.

The dozens of residents in the crowd immediately reacted, many calling for board president, Cleveland Clinic doctor Holly Thacker, to resign. Evans' departure has led to repeated protests from the community, with parents holding fundraisers to gather money to impeach Thacker and football players wearing "TE" stickers on their helmets in support.

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Board members Lyndie Schuckert and Gary Suchocki exited the auditorium through the crowd with a police escort. Board members Thacker and Tim Oden exited through the back of the auditorium with a police escort.

No timeline has been given on when a decision about Evans will be made or released to the public.

The board has a scheduled meeting Thursday to interview candidates for the seat left vacant by Jim Lawrence, who resigned last month. Lawrence was often the tie breaking vote on the five member board.

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