Blanchester principal back on the job


Agreement reached between Hosler, school board

Rick Hosler shakes hands upon his return to Blanchester High School Thursday.


Courtesy photo | Connie Abirached

Rick Hosler speaks with students at Blanchester High School Thursday.


Courtesy photo | Connie Abirached

In case you missed it, Blanchester High School Principal Rick Hosler was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 24, the same day a letter notifying Hosler of a report was placed in Hosler’s personnel file. That letter, and a February letter of reprimand describes Hosler as “unprofessional” and “inappropriate.”

It isn’t clear at this time exactly how that investigation has concluded. The Blanchester Board of Education has said that Hosler was placed on paid leave as an investigatory procedure, not as punishment.

Concannon took issue with the complaints, calling them “half-truths” and saying the initial investigation was either poor, or done to intentionally humiliate Hosler. In December, Hosler filed a challenge to the February letter of reprimand, which Concannon said Wednesday was still pending.

“We’re hoping we can move forward and not look at what has happened in the past,” Shonkwiler said of the February letter.

The letters’ allege that Hosler heckled students at a track meet, intimidated kitchen staff, criticized the juvenile court and social services agencies at a meet and greet with those organizations and had a “meltdown,” where allegedly threw things and shouted.

But, Concannon implied that the ordeal was a personality conflict and said, “The initial investigation (into the most recent, “meltdown,” incident) by the superintendent was, at best, shoddy and, at worst, intentionally humiliating to Mr. Hosler.”

Additionally, Concannon said placing Hosler on leave made people think he did “something terrible.”

The board’s attorney, Eric Lampe, declined then to comment on that statement, saying the board’s policy is to generally not speak publicly about personnel matters. He said Bricker and Eckler’s investigation will determine whether there’s merit to any allegations against Hosler.

BLANCHESTER — Blanchester High School Principal Rick Hosler, who has been on paid administrative leave since November, returned to work at the school Thursday.

Blanchester Board of Education President Chuck Shonkwiler and Hosler’s attorney, John Concannon, said the investigation is finished, although there are still details to be worked out.

“There’s some things that we’re still working through, but I’m happy to tell you that Mr. Hosler and the district agreed it’s time for him to get back to work,” Concannon said. “He was well received by the administration and staff and students, and he’s happy to be there.”

Shonkwiler added that he hopes things will work out now in the steps toward finalizing the agreement. Until then, he said it’s difficult to discuss the matter due to the board’s general policy of not discussing personnel issues.

“The investigation’s completed. We have not finalized everything with Mr. Hosler yet,” Shonkwiler said. “Hopefully things will work out now.”

Hosler, through his attorney, declined additional comments.

Facebook users shared their feelings about Hosler’s return on the News Journal’s page:

“So happy to have him back at the school where he belongs!” commented user Elizabeth P. Hinkle.

“Welcome back Mr. Hosler!” commented Kelly Lynch. “So happy for the students, staff, and community! Can’t wait to see him @ the next sporting event (most likely wrestling ) I go to cheering on the kids!”

“It’s about time is my exact thoughts!” wrote Ashley Florea. “He never deserved this chaos in his life and the students and staff never deserved it either! Karma will make her rounds to the ones who deserve it!”

Also happy to have Hosler back is a community group called Community Alliance for a Responsible Education.

“The Community Alliance for Responsible Education (CARE) is thrilled to have Rick Hosler back in the halls of Blanchester High School where he belongs with the students he loves,” wrote Rob Massey, CARE’s executive director, in a prepared statement. “The support from the community has been overwhelming and has endured through a difficult process and proved to the world that Blanchester is a community that cares and supports our first-class educators.”

Massey also wrote that CARE is left with unanswered questions.

“The process that brought us to this situation is clearly broken,” Massey wrote, adding that members will attend every board meeting to insure the system “gets fixed and that we don’t find ourselves here again.”

Massey said CARE encourages everyone to attend the next board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Shonkwiler said that because attorneys are working out the final details, he doesn’t anticipate that the board will discuss Hosler publicly or in executive session at its Tuesday meeting.

“Our schools are good schools, high-performing schools, and we trust that that hasn’t been affected,” Shonkwiler said.

Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-556-5766, or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.

Rick Hosler shakes hands upon his return to Blanchester High School Thursday.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_hosler2-cr.jpgRick Hosler shakes hands upon his return to Blanchester High School Thursday. Courtesy photo | Connie Abirached

Rick Hosler speaks with students at Blanchester High School Thursday.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_hosler-1.jpgRick Hosler speaks with students at Blanchester High School Thursday. Courtesy photo | Connie Abirached
Agreement reached between Hosler, school board

In case you missed it, Blanchester High School Principal Rick Hosler was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 24, the same day a letter notifying Hosler of a report was placed in Hosler’s personnel file. That letter, and a February letter of reprimand describes Hosler as “unprofessional” and “inappropriate.”

It isn’t clear at this time exactly how that investigation has concluded. The Blanchester Board of Education has said that Hosler was placed on paid leave as an investigatory procedure, not as punishment.

Concannon took issue with the complaints, calling them “half-truths” and saying the initial investigation was either poor, or done to intentionally humiliate Hosler. In December, Hosler filed a challenge to the February letter of reprimand, which Concannon said Wednesday was still pending.

“We’re hoping we can move forward and not look at what has happened in the past,” Shonkwiler said of the February letter.

The letters’ allege that Hosler heckled students at a track meet, intimidated kitchen staff, criticized the juvenile court and social services agencies at a meet and greet with those organizations and had a “meltdown,” where allegedly threw things and shouted.

But, Concannon implied that the ordeal was a personality conflict and said, “The initial investigation (into the most recent, “meltdown,” incident) by the superintendent was, at best, shoddy and, at worst, intentionally humiliating to Mr. Hosler.”

Additionally, Concannon said placing Hosler on leave made people think he did “something terrible.”

The board’s attorney, Eric Lampe, declined then to comment on that statement, saying the board’s policy is to generally not speak publicly about personnel matters. He said Bricker and Eckler’s investigation will determine whether there’s merit to any allegations against Hosler.

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