Board to discuss Johnson leave

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BELOIT - The School District of Beloit Board of Education is scheduled next Tuesday to discuss the status of an investigation regarding Superintendent Tom Johnson.

The discussion will take place in closed session.

A possible vote pertaining to the matter could come after the discussion, according to President Laurie Endres, who spoke to the Beloit Daily News in a Thursday morning interview.

On Nov. 2, Endres released a statement saying Johnson was on a leave of absence, effective on that date.

Then, on Nov. 7, Endres released another statement saying Johnson had been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into "potential alleged policy violations."

To date, there has been no board vote regarding the superintendent's leave.

Per school board policy, Assistant Superintendent of Administration, Operations and Equity Darrell Williams was named to serve as interim superintendent.

When asked Thursday if Johnson remains on paid leave pending the investigation, Endres said "to date, nothing has changed. He has not been moved from administrative to medical leave."

Earlier, a family spokesperson told the newspaper Johnson was suffering from serious medical issues and has been hospitalized since Nov. 1.

Asked if the investigation into the alleged policy violations remained active, Endres said she can't comment because the investigation has not been closed.

"The board of education remains focused on quality educational outcomes for all of our students and will continue to work toward resolution of this issue. I would like to reassure the community, staff and most especially our students that the board is committed to doing what is best for the School District of Beloit," Endres said.

In a letter to faculty and staff provided to the newspaper by Johnson on Nov. 20, he thanked the community for the outpouring of support and encouragement.

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