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Rich Township District 227 board fires school Supt. Donna Leak



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The Rich Township High School District 227 board fired Superintendent Donna Leak on Saturday.

The vote to fire Leak was 4-to-3.

Cheryl Coleman, the District 227 board president, cited several unspecified issues that she said led to the firing.

Board members Betty Owens, Emanuel Imoukhuede and Shelia Friday voted against the dismissal.

“I’m not convinced the evidence is there,” Owens said.

The board didn’t have enough time to consider the matter, Imoukhuede said.

Friday said that Leak should have been given a chance to improve.

“I do believe Dr. Leak was deficient in her job performance and should have been given an opportunity for remediation,” she said.

Board member Delores Woods, who voted for the dismissal, said: “I would say to you that when you’re able to obtain all of the information, and eventually you will, ask yourself a question: ‘What if this had been me or my child?’ I think you will have a better understanding of what we’re doing.”

Leak, who was present with her attorney for Saturday’s, said she had no comment.

She was hired as superintendent in 2010 in a controversial move by the school board.

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