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Superintendent placed on non-disciplinary leave after audit

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VASSAR, MI (WNEM) -

Superintendent Tom Palmer was placed on temporary, paid, non-disciplinary leave.

A lot of people in Vassar were shocked to hear the news that the school superintendent was suspended Tuesday.  According to the Tuscola County Register Tom Palmer's contract with Vassar Public Schools expires in June 2017. 

Norm Zeilinger works at the Vassar Chamber Of Commerce and said Palmer was trying to help out the chamber.

"He’s been attending the Riverfest committee meetings, and was pretty positive about the Riverfest next year, 2016 being up at the school again," Zeilinger said. "We were there because of the work on the bridge on the Cass River. There were a lot of obstacles because of that and tom and his crew really came through for us."

The school district sent out a press release, explaining the superintendent’s suspension was pending the district’s investigation on an accounting audit.

“Superintendent Palmer’s leave of absence should in no way be interpreted as disciplinary as the Board has made no finding or conclusions that Superintendent Palmer has engaged in any misfeasance or malfeasance.”

On Sept. 28, Vassar Public Schools received pupil accounting audit findings that could result in the loss of nearly $1 million in state school aid.

The findings are related to an online educational program operated by the Michigan Educational Partnership, an online education consultant service.

The auditor determined Vassar Public Schools were not eligible for school aid for students who participated through MEP.

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