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Shelton High headmaster placed on administrative leave

March 29, 2019

Shelton High School Headmaster Beth Smith has been placed on administrative leave by school Superintendent Chris Clouet.

Board of Education Chairman Mark Holden said Friday that Clouet informed board members midday Thursday about the move.

Assistant Principal John Skerritt is acting principal while an investigation begins into Smith.

Holden said the board has not received any details on the issues surrounding Clouet’s decision on Smith.

Clouet has not been reached for comment.

“There will be a thorough investigation,” said Holden, “and if the Board of Education needs to action, we will do so.”

Holden disputed reports of Smith, a longtime member of the Shelton school system, being arrested, saying that he has heard nothing of an arrest or of anyone being escorted from the high school by law enforcement.

“(Clouet) met with her (Thursday), and he was the one who made the decision that she should be placed on administrative leave, with pay,” said Holden.

In the meantime, Holden said he has “tremendous confidence in his ability to cover what needs to be covered” during this process.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com