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Harrison On Leave Before Death

Posted by wlpo on October 12, 2009

Former Ottawa High School Superintendent John Harrison had apparently been on personal leave for two weeks before his death.

School Board President George Hupp says Harrison asked for and received some time away from work to deal with a personal issue unrelated to the teacher’s strike.  In the time that Harrison took away, Hupp says Principal Matt Winchester took the lead in school operations.  Winchester is now the interim superintendent.

Hupp calls the death of Harrison a tragedy, saying he looked forward to Harrison leading the district for years to come. 

Hupp says he and the board found out about Harrison’s death while in negotiations with the teacher’s union but felt the meeting should go on.

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