School district suspends educators, administrators; parents left -

School district suspends educators, administrators; parents left in dark

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STAUNTON, Ill. ( -

A school district superintendent, principal and teacher in the Metro East were suspended and parents are left in the dark as to the reason why.

Staunton Community Unit School District said the decision was made in the best interest of the students and the staff but they are giving no other explanation.

“We're all curious,” explained Toby Schmidt, the parent of a high school student at Staunton.

Rumors are flying around the town of Staunton and because parents have been given no information as to why Superintendent Rich Stempinski and two other staff members were suspended.

“We didn't receive any letter," said parent Mike Rizzi. "Actually, the first thing I found out about it was in the newspaper."

The district only released a three sentence press release saying the board of education determined on Friday to place the educators on leave pending an investigation.

Board of education members who spoke to News 4 would not comment on the nature of the investigation. The Parent Teacher Organization also refused to comment further than the school district's statement.

Staunton Police said they are not involved and no crime has been reported.

In the meantime, recently retired superintendent Kyle Hlafka will act as interim superintendent during this investigation.

“The day-to-day operations of the school district will continue normally and our school district's mission of providing a safe and superior learning environment to our students will not be affected,” the district said in its release.

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