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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Transparency and Accountability: Ashland City School District's Superintendent Steve Paramore

In a recent press release, Ashland City School District Superintendent, Steve Paramore, addressed the resignation of Ashland Middle School teacher, David W. Chapman, after an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct with current and former students. Paramore emphasized the district's commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students and maintaining a safe learning environment.


Ashland City School District Superintendent's Statement


In his statement, Superintendent Steve Paramore stated, "On Monday, December 4th 2023 at 7am, the Ashland City Schools Board of Education accepted the resignation of Ashland Middle School teacher, David W. Chapman following an investigation into a report of alleged inappropriate conduct with current and former students. He was placed on administrative leave on Thursday, October 19th, 2023."


Paramore's acknowledgment of the resignation demonstrates the district's swift response to address the allegations. By accepting the resignation, the district shows its commitment to taking immediate action when such incidents occur.


Thorough Investigation for Student Safety and Well-being


Paramore continued by emphasizing the importance of taking allegations of this nature seriously. The district conducted a thorough investigation into the matter to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, and the entire school community. This commitment to thoroughness highlights the district's dedication to maintaining an environment that fosters learning, growth, and safety.


Maintaining High Standards for Staff Conduct


Superintendent Paramore emphasized that the district's top priority is ensuring a safe learning environment for students. To achieve this, the district maintains very high standards for staff conduct. By holding staff to high ethical and professional standards, the district fosters an environment of trust and accountability.


Encouraging Open Communication for Concerns


Paramore stressed the importance of open communication when concerns arise within the school community. Students, families, and community members are encouraged to share any concerns with a staff member or administrator. Additionally, the anonymous Safer Ohio Tipline, accessible via text or call at 1844-SaferOH (1-844-723-3764), provides another avenue for reporting issues. By ensuring multiple channels for reporting concerns, the district fosters an environment where individuals feel safe, heard, and supported.


Cooperation and Understanding


In his concluding remarks, Steve Paramore expressed appreciation for the cooperation and understanding of the Ashland City School District community as they work together to maintain a safe and respectful learning environment. The district recognizes that creating and maintaining such an environment requires the collective efforts of all stakeholders.


Conclusion


Superintendent Steve Paramore's statement highlights the Ashland City School District's commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its students. By promptly addressing allegations of inappropriate conduct and conducting thorough investigations, the district demonstrates its dedication to providing a safe learning environment. With high standards for staff conduct and an emphasis on open communication, the district fosters trust, accountability, and collaboration. The Ashland City School District stands firm in its mission to provide an environment where all students can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.


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