Clyde-Green Springs superintendent focus of criminal investigation

Todd Helms .
Todd Helms .
School Board President Thomas Conley delivered a letter to Helms notifying him of the board's decision.
School Board President Thomas Conley delivered a letter to Helms notifying him of the board's decision.
Reported by Dick Berry - email

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTOL) - Todd Helms has been superintendent of the Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village Schools for seven years. On Monday, he learned he's the focus of a criminal investigation and suspended with pay.

School board president Thomas Conley delivered a letter to Helms notifying him of the board's decision. The letter says irregularities have been discovered in the payment of various invoices to certain suppliers originated and approved by Helms.

District officials have asked the Clyde Police Department to investigate. Assisting the department will be the state auditor's office and Sandusky County Prosecutor Tom Stierwalt.

Board offices were searched on Monday. Four computers were seized along with several other items.

At the Clyde Aquatic Center parents with kids in the district hope the allegation against Helms isn't true.

"Kind of makes you wonder what's going on in the office but you hope you can trust them doing the right thing for our school," says parent Judy VanDoren.

"It doesn't surprise me. You see a lot of these things happening on and on. I hope it isn't true whatever comes of it," says parent Jeremy Russell.

Clyde Police refuse to release any other details, except to say the investigation is active and ongoing.

In the meantime, Todd Helms has been told to stay off school property or he'll be charged with trespassing. Assistant Superintendent Greg Elchert has been appointed acting superintendent.

Helms tells News 11's Dick Berry he doesn't know what's going on and declined further comment.