BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The guidance director at the Burlington High School who is facing state charges of unprofessional conduct has been placed on administrative leave.

The school superintendent announced the leave on Friday, pending the completion of the Vermont Agency of Education process.

Mario Macias is accused of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment; intimidating employees; and being negligent in his conduct to a student. Secretary of Education Daniel French has recommended that his license be suspended for 364 days.

Macias has released a statement, calling the accusations "baseless charges" against his character.

The Burlington Free Press reports the charges will have to be proved and Macias has an opportunity to defend himself at a quasi-judicial administrative hearing.