Court upholds decision to terminate O’Donnell’s contract

Staff report

The Logan County Common Pleas Court has denied the appeal of former Indian Lake School Superintendent Patrick O’Donnell, who had fought the board of education’s termination of his contract.

O’Donnell was charged with felony sex offenses involving a minor in June 2017 and subsequently was indicted by a grand jury. He was found guilty of gross sexual imposition and designated a Tier II sex offender.

The school board placed O’Donnell on administrative leave when charges first were revealed. Eventually the board terminated his contract.

The Indian Lake Board of Education on Tuesday issued the following statement concerning the court’s decision in favor of its decision to terminate O’Donnell’s contract:

“The Indian Lake School Board is pleased with the court’s decision to affirm our action in the dismissal of Pat O’Donnell.

“We believe that the judgment entry recently filed by Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge William Goslee validates our careful decision in this matter.

“Our focus throughout this process has always been, and will continue to be, on student achievement, safety and well-being.”

Staff report