School official put on leave

HOWLAND – The Howland Board of Education is conducting an investigation after placing an assistant principal on paid administrative leave.

Howland Middle School assistant principal Matt Grube, 34, has been assigned to off-campus work amid allegations of ”philosophical differences on performance related to his position,” Superintendent John Sheets confirmed Thursday.

Grube also is set to retire at the end of the year due to personal reasons, Sheets said.

He has been on paid administrative home assignment for several months.

“There’s no reason for us to take any action to date, so we’re going to do a thorough investigation, and while we’re doing, that he’ll continue to be on administrative paid leave,” Sheets said.

He said he doesn’t have a time frame for how long the investigation will take.

He declined to give specifics regarding the allegations. “I think employees are entitled, are protected. Obviously, when there are allegations made, it’s our responsibility to do a thorough investigation and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.

Grube is in his second year with Howland and previously was employed as a teacher for the Cuyahoga Falls School District.