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Oct 25, 2013 5:38 PM by Matthew Schwartz

ASDB superintendent placed on leave

The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Governing Board has placed embattled Superintendent Robert Hill on administrative leave.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators first reported the development Thursday evening.

Superintendent Hill has been under fire for months from some ASBD staffers, students and alumni for allegedly mistreating colleagues and remaining distant from the deaf community, among other complaints.

The board voted 8-1 to put Hill on leave until a final decision is made. Orlenda Roberts was the only board member who voted against placing Hill on leave.

Acting Assistant Superintendent William Koehler will take over at the school until furthur notice.

The board's decision comes after its members reviewed a report detailing complaints filed by four former ASDB employees against Hill. He will have a chance to respond during the next board meeting, probably on Nov. 5. Hill is paid $125,000 annually.

An outside law firm began investigating the complaints filed against Hill in May.

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