Lee Kaple

Lee Kaple sits at his desk in the Madison School Administration Building. He will retire at the end of this year after 43 years of education experience, 22 years in an administration role and eight years as the superintendent at Madison.

MADISON -- The Madison Board of Education is expected to appoint Lee Kaple as interim superintendent at Wednesday's 6 p.m. meeting, according to board president Jeff Meyers.

The Madison Board of Education voted unanimously to relieve Shelley Hilderbrand of her duties as the district's superintendent in an emergency session called hastily on Friday afternoon at the high school.


Madison Local School District Board of Education members (from left) Amy Walker, Jane McGinty, Jeff Meyers, John Luedy and Tim Wigton.

Hilderbrand was not in attendance at that meeting. When called later for comment she said, "I don't know anything about it."

Richland Source left a message with Hilderbrand's answering service on Tuesday, but it was not returned at the time of publication for this story.

Kaple was the district's superintendent for the eight years prior to Hilderbrand's hiring in August, 2017.

"He retired previously, but then he was a retired, rehired," Meyers said.

According to the letter given to Hilderbrand notifying her that she was relieved of her duties with pay, she was placed on paid leave "pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations that you have violated board policy regarding your treatment of staff, students, and board members."

Richland Source obtained the original letter which can be seen in the attached PDF.

While Meyers signed the document, Hilderbrand did not.

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