(11-3-22) Superintendent Matt Miller, who was formerly a Superintendent at Celina City Schools, was vindicated for the second time last night after the Lakota Local Schools board of education spent two hours in executive session with an investigator.

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The board hired a law firm to investigate Miller five weeks ago, after the Butler County Sheriff’s Office investigated a complaint against Miller in August and did not charge him

Lakota BOE board president Lynda O’Connor

“The investigator found no evidence indicating that Mr. Miller engaged in any act that violates law, district policy or his contract.”

The board voted to accept the investigator’s results 4-1. Board member Darbi Boddy, who has consistently spoken out against Miller over the last year, was the lone no vote.

Boddy would propose a resolution to have the board order Miller placed “on leave and the board to begin the process for his removal.” It was not seconded by any other board members.

O’Connor said, the board and Miller agreed to complete a fitness for duty evaluation in the near future. This is part of Miller’s contract and is common in other superintendent contracts throughout the region.

O’Connor said

“The board’s process has been very thorough. I think the board will acknowledge that even these best efforts will probably not be acceptable to some. However, we must move forward and focus our attention on prioritizing the education of Lakota students.”

Miller with his attorney after the meeting

Elizabeth Tuck, Miller’s attorney

“We are certainly hopeful that the witch hunt is over. We are considering consequences for the individuals who have initiated and perpetuated these lies. The damage to Mr. Miller’s career is something that has consequences. And people shouldn’t be permitted to just make things up so that they can drum somebody out of a career.”