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Riverside High School principal put on leave

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The superintendent sent KHQ a copy of a letter, dated May 3rd. The superintendent sent KHQ a copy of a letter, dated May 3rd.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Right now, there's a big mystery at Riverside High School in North Spokane County. Students and parents haven't seen or heard from their principal in weeks.

John McCoy has been principal at Riverside High School since 2003. Given his time with the district, KHQ kept on asking questions to understand what's going on with the principal.

KHQ also tried contacting the principal by going to his house, back to the school and to the district offices. Finally, the superintendent sent KHQ a copy of a letter, dated May 3rd, saying, "Dear John, as you know, I recently became aware of allegations involving your conduct. Therefore, I am placing you on administrative leave with pay." The letter is signed by the superintendent.

No word on what those allegations are.

The school board meeting at Riverside Middle School was so intense Thursday night, that public comment was shut down. School administrators say that they shut down public comment because when it comes to personnel issues and talking about an employee involved, it's not allowed.

The meeting was packed with parents, school teachers that used to work at Riverside High School and even a previous superintendent that helped hire Principal John McCoy years ago.

McCoy wasn't at the meeting Thursday night because he's not allowed to be, according to an administrative letter. That's unless the superintendent wants him to come to the school property.

But people are concerned. "I am upset because a man's reputation is on the line," said Donna Skoog, a previous teacher who used to work at Riverside High School.

She's known McCoy for some time. "I back him up 100 percent. I have known him for almost 20 years. I know him to be a man of integrity and progressive ideas," said Skoog.  

KHQ tried again to interview Superintendent Roberta Kramer but she declined an interview and said she could not answer any questions at this time regarding McCoy because it's a personnel issue.   

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