The Fairbanks North Star School Board has placed its superintendent on administrative leave.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Pete Lewis will step aside and that an assistant superintendent, Karen Gaborik will work as acting interim superintendent.
The district announced the move Monday night in a brief press release. No reason was given for the change in the terse announcement put out at 10:37 p.m.
The announcement says the change was not a disciplinary action and did not result from any determination of wrongdoing.
The release was issued after the board met in a session closed to the public. The stated reason for the meeting was to discuss "an ongoing personnel investigation and potential claims against the district."
The meeting was with the borough attorney's office to discuss "matters within the attorney-client privilege," the school board's own minutes noted.
The board's description of the meeting said it would include discussion of "liability exposure, a candid discussion/assessment of the district's management of that exposure, and direction for investigation and handling of the matter."
Just what "the matter" under review remains unknown.
North Star Borough School Board President Heidi Haas said Tuesday "the action that the board took (in putting Lewis on leave) was in relation to the topic of discussion" in the closed meeting.
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