The circumstances surrounding the paid leave of absence of Millcreek School Superintendent Michael Golde are still unclear.
In fact, the board's lawyer is telling board members not to talk about it. The decision was made during the Millcreek School Board's meeting Monday night. In a 7-1 vote, the board approved Golde's administrative leave.
Golde stepped away from the job effective January 18th. His departure follows a recent routine audit in the school district. A copy of that audit was made available to everyone in attendance.
"There were concerns and questions raised and right-to-know requests submitted," said Millcreek School District Attorney Timothy Sennett. "We felt it was appropriate to get the audit out there and therefore the board accepted the audit as presented by the auditors."
As of now, it's not clear if the audit is in any way connected to Golde's departure. But members of the No New McDowell group say it raises some concern.
"I have been told by the officials in the school district that if I wanted a document, I would have to submit a right-to-know," said No New McDowell member Lou Aliota. "And he (Sennett) brings out a document for maybe 100 people. I think there is something there that can cause some questions."
Members of the school board said they are still looking into builing a new McDowell High School. But how and if it will be affected by the audit, remains to be seen.