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Lakota Local School District Board of Education

Press Release
May 28, 2015
The Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators specifically provides that each
complaint will be handled on a case by case basis, and that one of the results of a complaint
investigation may be:
the State Board may determine not to impose a disciplinary
action involving an educators licensure or application for
licensure based upon a local school district or educational entity
appropriately addressing the violation of the Licensure Code of
Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators at the district or building
level. See page 7 of the Licensure Code enclosed.
In my opinion, the April 24th letter from the Office of Professional Conduct merely indicates
that the Lakota Local School District Board of Education appropriately addressed the situation,
and therefore, no further action was necessary on the part of the State Board. To state that this
correspondence in any way exonerates Mr. Snyder is simply not accurate. Furthermore, any
action of the Office of Professional Conduct to discipline a teacher only impacts a teachers
ability to hold a professional license to be a teacher. The ODEs decisions regarding discipline do
not address whether or not a local educational agency has just cause to discipline an employee
under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.
The Boards administration engaged in an investigation. Subsequent to the investigation, Mr.
Snyder resigned his employment and entered into a separation agreement with the Board of
Education.
The Board, as required by Ohio law, reported this matter to the Ohio Department of Education,
Office of Professional Conduct.