BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Beavercreek High School’s principal has resigned after claims were made that he used an inappropriate word in a conversation with a student.
All five members of the school board voted to accept Principal George Caras’s resignation effective at the end of the year in an executive session that lasted just over 30 minutes.
The following resolution was the only item on the agenda during this session:
“The Board thanks George for his student centered approach and commitment to improving educational opportunities for the students of Beavercreek High School as principal, and that the Board has made no determination, and will not be making any determination as to any discipline regarding George. The Board recognizes recent publicity renders further service by George as Principal untenable, so George and the Board have reached an understanding as to his separation by amicable mutual agreement, which agreement is hereby approved by the Board and the President and Treasurer are authorized to execute the same on behalf of this Board.”
Caras had been on administrative leave for over a month.
An investigation had been ongoing since September 27 when the district says they were made aware of the allegations, announcing that Caras would remain on leave until it was over.
According to our partners at the Xenia Daily Gazette, Caras was talking with a student when he used a racial slur, but the Gazette reports that Caras’s daughter wrote on Twitter, “Never once did he say that word in a derogatory way, but he did say it in an educational context to explain how that word has evolved.”
On Friday, Caras’s daughter released a statement to 2 NEWS, saying:
“The Beavercreek School Board and my father have agreed to part ways amicably. He’s not allowed to speak of the situation other than in general terms about his career, etc.. He was my principal as well when I was in high school at Northmont and I can tell you he is the most fair and ethical man ever. The students and community loved him because his philosophy is to work WITH kids, not against them. Many kids think of him as a father figure because he’s there for them in very critical ways that school board members and central office people can’t even begin to understand. He’s on the front lines daily as a fearless and loved leader.”
Caras also received a written warning in August of 2018 after allegedly making inappropriate reactions and comments concerning staffing changes.
Since September 27, Caras has been prohibited from entering any district building or having any contact with students, parents, or staff without permission from Superintendent Paul Otten.
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