Blanchester Principal Rick Hosler placed on leave

Blanchester schools to investigate high school principal

By Nathan Kraatz -

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Rick Hosler

This story was updated with more recent information, including identifying the board’s legal counsel.

BLANCHESTER — Blanchester High School Principal Rick Hosler was placed on paid administrative leave after a complaint was filed against him, according to Blanchester Superintendent Dean Lynch.

Lynch, who said he could not discuss the complaint in detail due to a policy of not discussing personnel matters publicly, said the school district placed Hosler on paid administrative leave, according to recommendations made by the schools’ legal counsel, Brickler and Eckler.

He also said the district’s policies require an investigation, which will be conducted by an investigator appointed by Brickler and Eckler.

“Being placed on paid administrative leave is being taken as part of an investigatory procedure, and does not constitute any disciplinary action or determination of any wrongdoing,” Lynch said in a prepared statement. “We don’t know how long the investigation will take; however, we are committed to reaching a conclusion as swiftly as possible but also in a manner that is thorough and fair to everyone involved and that protects the integrity of our students, staff and parents.

“When the investigation is completed or reaches an appropriate milestone, we will communicate as thoroughly and transparently as the law allows,” Lynch’s statement concluded.

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Blanchester schools to investigate high school principal

By Nathan Kraatz