PAINESVILLE — An assistant high school prinicipal on leave for alleged inappropriate actions with students has resigned, effective immediately.
David Klingenberg, 36, who also serves as the athletic director at Thomas W. Harvey High School, was on administrative leave since Aug. 30.
The Painesville Local City Schools Board of Education accepted Klingenberg’s resignation on Monday.
Law enforcement officials said Klingenberg had been under investigation since May 2011 and they just informed school officials on August 29, 2012.
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Superintendent Dr. Michael Hanlon wrote on the school’s website:
“On Monday, September 10, Painesville City Local Schools’ Board of Education accepted the resignation of David Klingenberg, previously an assistant principal at Harvey High School. The resignation is effective immediately.”
“Since August 30, Mr. Klingenberg had been on administrative leave from our district following our discovery then that he had been under police investigation since May 2011 and may have violated the policy we have in place regarding the maintenance of proper boundaries with our students.Nothing is more important than the safety and security of the students in our care. We will not tolerate behavior that jeopardizes the trust the community and our students place in us. We continue to cooperate with the police on their investigation of this.”
Asked what the incident or incidents were, Hanlon would only say that Klingenberg may have violated a policy regarding the maintenance of proper boundaries with students
And in a letter sent home to parents, Hanlon wrote:
“Clearly, it is distressing to be writing a letter like this to you. Nothing is more important than the safety and security of the students you place in our care. Be assured we will not tolerate behavior that jeopardizes the trust you and your children place in us. We will continue to pursue this matter.”