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Rushville principal resigns during ongoing investigation

RUSHVILLE, Ill. (WGEM) - The Rushville principal currently being investigated by Illinois State Police and Illinois State Board of Education has resigned.

According to the school board minutes, the Schuyler-Industry School Board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Rushville-Industry High School Principal Ryan Plattenberger during a special meeting Tuesday night.

The Schuyler-Industry Board of Education issued the following statement:

The Schuyler-Industry school community and its elected board of education will hold school employees and staff to the highest standards of conduct, now and in the future, because we care about the education of our children. We will not tolerate behaviors inconsistent with this responsibility. The school board acted promptly when it first learned of the events involved with the objective to safeguard the children in our care. We acted in a way that best protected the children first and district financial resources second. We are pleased with the result, and believe it was the best outcome within our control for everyone involved.

Plattenberger was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-October, when the Illinois State Police started an investigation. The reason for the investigation is still unknown.

(See "Rushville principal suspended during investigation")

Investigators from Illinois State Police District 20 in Pittsfield are forwarding all questions to Schuyler County States Attorney Ramon Escapa. Both Escapa and Schuyler-Industry Superintendent Dr. William Mattingly have declined to comment on the investigation.

The Illinois State Board of Education is conducting its own investigation and have also declined to comment.
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