CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – The Campbell City Schools Board of Education has hired former Cardinal Mooney principal John Young as its interim principal at Campbell Memorial High School.
The board voted 5-0 to hire Young, who will begin work on Wednesday.
High school principal Jacquelyn Hampton was placed on paid leave pending an investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct of former teacher Shannon Pavlansky-Wojtowicz. According to a letter sent to Hampton by Campbell Schools Superintendent Matthew Bowen, the district is investigating whether she failed “to comply with mandatory reporting requirement as defined by state law.”
Young was fired in January from Cardinal Mooney, but school administrators did not release the reason for letting him go, citing confidentiality. Administrators said in a statement that Young was informed of the reasons for his firing and that he did not agree.
Bowen said Young’s 23 years experience in administration at Brookfield, 14 years administrative experience at Liberty, and most recently four years at Cardinal Mooney make him an outstanding candidate.
“Mr. Young has always been an instructional leader. He is a man of great character and is able to work well with students, parents and staff,” Bowen said. “During this time, we need to make sure that we do not skip a beat for our children and they have an instructional leader available, and that instructional leader, being Mr. Young, will be the best choice here for the Campbell City School District.”
Campbell City School District continues to investigate allegations of possible misconduct of Hampton.
“We fully cooperate with all reporting agencies as appropriate. We honor the process and recognize the need to allow her the opportunity to seek representation prior to conducting a hearing,” Bowen said.
Bowen said it is uncertain how long Young will serve since it depends on how long the investigation into Hampton takes.
Young said he is happy to get back to work and has never faced this situation in all his years as an administrator.
“In 42 years, I have never faced that with one of my teachers. That has never come up. I kind of lecture the teachers, I kind of scare them at the beginning of the year as far as social media and the trouble it can get you into,” Young said.
He said he is ready to work with his staff to get Campbell Memorial High School through this time.
“I will make a difference. We will make a difference. You are only as good as your faculty,” Young said.