Allegations brewing against Fostoria school administrators

FOSTORIA (WTOL) - Fostoria High School Principal Jude Meyers is making serious allegations against two top administrators. News 11's Tim Miller talked with several people Tuesday night. Click the video, attached, for Tim's report.

Update from our media partner the Findlay Courier:

FOSTORIA - The Fostoria school board has hired an attorney to conduct an investigation of interim Assistant Superintendent Richard Heintschel and Superintendent Cynthia Lemmerman, as a result of allegations raised by the high school principal.

Attorney Sarah Santoli, with the Squires, Sanders and Dempsey law firm in Cleveland, will lead the investigation.

She attended a closed executive session to discuss the issue with the school board Tuesday. The board took no other action after the nearly hour-long session.

During the Nov. 17 regular board meeting, Principal Jude Meyers said Heintschel used profanity and made threats against him during meetings in September and earlier this month.

Meyers also said Superintendent Lemmerman knew about Heintschel's conduct and said it was a "management strategy." Meyers said he taped conversations between the three administrators.

Meyers also said he has documentation proving Lemmerman attempted to get Meyers and other district employees to change the annual student count, a report to the Ohio Department of Education which determines the district's amount of state aid.

None of the administrators was present at Tuesday's meeting. Lemmerman has been on vacation since last week and will return to work Monday.

Board President Jo Hollingsworth said both Lemmerman and Heintschel are being investigated based on Meyers' allegations.

Hollingsworth said she has not heard the recordings Meyers allegedly made, and neither Lemmerman nor Heintschel turned in a resignation after the last board meeting.

Hollingsworth would not specify the cost of legal counsel. She said no time frame has been set to complete the investigation.

"I promised the community it would be as expeditious as possible, but it has to be good. We have to do the right thing," she said.