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Reynoldsburg board puts Rose Hill principal on administrative duties

Claim: Lape failed to follow protocol after sexual incident between third-graders

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Reynoldsburg elementary principal Chad Lape will not return to Rose Hill Elementary School after failing to report a sexual assault.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education went into executive session Dec. 15 and then reconvened to vote unanimously to enter into an agreement with Lape that he resign effective July 31. He will be assigned administrative duties at the central office and paid his normal salary of $80,140 but no longer will serve as principal at the elementary school, said Tricia Moore, director of partnerships and shared services.

Moore said Lape had failed to follow district protocol after learning about the sexual incident between two third-grade students last month in a school restroom. Rose Hill staff members reported the incident the same day, Moore said.

Moore said the district reported the incident to the Ohio Department of Education, which could investigate to determine whether Lape's actions merit any additional penalties, such as suspension or revocation of his professional licenses.

Jana Alig, director of elementary education, will serve as interim principal at Rose Hill.

Read the Jan. 24 edition of ThisWeek for an update.

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