NAPOLEON — In a déjà vu scenario, Dr. Al Haschak, superintendent of the Napoleon Area City School district since September 2008, was placed on an indefinite administrative leave, on or about Aug. 20, just days before the start of the new school year. The Napoleon school board on Monday voted to not renew his contract when it expires on July 31, 2011.
A similar situation occurred when Haschak was serving as the director of business for the Mount Vernon city school system. He was placed on administrative leave in late 2007. In February 2008, the Mount Vernon Board of Education authorized a paid sabbatical leave for Haschak from February 2008 through his projected retirement date of July 31, 2009. Under the terms of the separation agreement, the discussions and circumstances leading to the agreement remain confidential.
At this time, confidentiality rules apply in the actions taken in Napoleon. Larry Long, school board president, confirmed that Haschak is currently on paid leave and that the board voted not to renew his contract. Long could disclose no other information.
“Please understand that it’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we’re dealing with legal issues,” he said.
Long said the board has not yet appointed an interim superintendent and is waiting for further direction from legal counsel.
Telephone calls to the Haschak residences were not returned as of press time.
A public records request by the News for documents in Haschak’s personnel file from the Napoleon Area City School district has not yet been fulfilled.