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Indicted Windham superintendent suspended without pay

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The Windham Board of Education held a special meeting and voted to take action against its superintendent who is accused of having sex with one student and attempting to have sex with another.  

The educator also once taught English in Campbell and Western Reserve Schools.

Meanwhile, some parents are concerned that the school district provided little information and they're worried there may be other victims out there.

At 7:00 am on Wednesday a special meeting of the Windham Board of Education was called to order.  One minute after, members of the board had moved behind closed doors and into executive session.

They voted to discuss the employment status of school superintendent 35-year-old Laura Amero who was recently indicted by a Portage County Grand Jury for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student in 2017.  She's also accused of attempting to have sex with another male student while she was the principal in the district two times between 2015 and 2017 when he was 16 and 17-years-old.  

Amero is officially charged with two counts each of sexual battery and attempted sexual battery and one count of intimidation of a witness.

It took the board of education just 13 minutes to emerge and unanimously vote to suspend Amero without pay pending the outcome of her criminal case.

She was previously on paid administrative leave since the start of the investigation, and she's been ordered to have no contact with the victims and to stay away from all juveniles while under indictment.

The president of the school board said Amero had been the superintendent since February, and before that, she has been a principal in the district since 2015.  He said the district had done all the necessary steps to check her background.

Windham Board of Education president Darryl McGuire said, "Of course we did our due diligence.  Even when we hired her, we even had a lot of experience with her from 2015 as a principal.  Of course, we didn't see any of that or have any indication of any wrongdoing until the allegations came forth."

Dominique Hardwick, the mother of one Windham student, said she only heard about the investigation from her son.  The school didn't send anything home until a few days ago.

"I just feel like that was something that we should have been notified about immediately," Hardwick said.

The mother of three feels the school needs to address what's happened with all the students.

"It needs to be addressed to make sure there aren't any other victims," Hardwick said.

Amero is free on a $350,000 bond. She has previously declined comment and referred us to her attorney who has not responded at this point.

Her next court hearing is set for May 31st.

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