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Austintown School Board nearly silent on personnel issue

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Harold Porter Harold Porter
Vince Colaluca Vince Colaluca

AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Austintown School board members aren't saying much about an investigation into an alleged threat made against Superintendent Vince Colaluca.

Late last year, school superintendent Colaluca filed a police report after learning that Board Member Harold Porter allegedly threatened him during an October 22nd board meeting.

Following Monday's special board meeting, members would only acknowledge that the meeting was held to discuss the findings from an independent investigation requested by the board.

The board says the matter is officially closed and no action is being taken.

The board would not reveal who conducted the investigation or the cost of the investigation.

21 News has filed a public records request for that information.

In September 2012, Porter sent an e-mail calling for Colaluca's resignation, saying he could no longer tolerate what Porter called"inadequate and failed leadership."

Porter's e-mail referred to Colaluca as a "dictator," adding that he has "lost the respect of just about every staff member in Austintown."

At the time, Porter signed a petition calling for Colaluca's ouster.

Colaluca responded in a letter, calling Porter's call for his resignation an act of retaliation for requiring Porter to comply with district procedures.

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