BLANCHESTER — The Blanchester school board voted 4-1 Monday night at its regular meeting to accept a separation agreement and accompanying resignation of Rick Hosler as Blanchester High School principal.
The board also approved his immediate re-employment as a certified employee, in which he would work in another capacity.
Many students, teachers and parents who attended the meeting said they upset with the board’s decision.
Superintendent Dean Lynch recently told the News Journal that on May 5 he met with Hosler, and Lynch shared “my intent on bringing a non-renewal of his contract before the school board on the 15th.”
Hosler was put on paid administrative leave in November 2015 and returned to work at the school in January 2016.
The next month, Hosler issued a rebuttal to a letter of reprimand, denying incidents of unprofessional conduct from the 2013-2014 school year as well as an incident in November 2015.
The News Journal on Friday published the 14-page investigative report that was undertaken by an independent investigator contracted by the district’s legal services firm, Bricker & Eckler.
For more on this story, please see Wednesday’s News Journal.