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April 10. 2012 10:15PM

School superintendent for Wilton out on 10-day medical leave

WILTON — While an investigation continues into the use of school district money for alcohol, movies and limousines, the superintendent of schools has been out of the office, first on vacation and now on medical leave.

Last week, Trevor Ebel, superintendent of SAU 63 which includes Wilton and Lyndeborough's schools, was on vacation, according to his staff at the SAU office. On Tuesday, Chairman Geoffrey Brock of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School Board said that effective Saturday, Ebel was taking a 10-day medical leave.

Brock said that Ebel's leave is a personnel issue and he was prohibited from elaborating. Brock wouldn't say whether Ebel was the focus of an ongoing investigation by an independent attorney into alleged misuse of school district funds.

Currently, someone in the school district is being investigated by lawyer Dean Eggert of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters after a 2011 financial audit revealed that someone in the district had been taking payroll advances and had charged movies, alcohol, and limousine services on the district's credit card. The credit card was paid for out of federal grants and the general education fund, according to the audit.

Brock said the district expects to have a final report from the attorney by its next school board meeting, tentatively scheduled for April 25.

Last week, Brock, a Lyndeborough resident, said that the board brought in an independent attorney to avoid any conflicts of interest. Also, withholding the name of the person while the investigated is going on will avoid damaging their reputation unjustly.

“The board likes to make its decisions based on facts, so we're waiting for those facts to be available before saying anything else,” said Brock.


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