State Board Recommends Kuehnle Undergo 8-Hour Training Day

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MANSFIELD, OH - The Ohio State Board of Education has recommended that Mansfield City Schools Treasurer, Robert Kuehnle, be placed under two-year probation for his behavior in another school district. 

On October 10, the state board of education recomended a two-year suspension of Kuehnle treasur's license and substitute teaching license for what the board calls "engaging in a pattern of conduct that is unbecoming to educator's position" as treasurer of Benjamin-Logan School District. 

Given examples of misconduct are listed below, quoted from the original document regarding the allegations:

a.) On or about December 4, 2012 at 2:11 a.m, you tweeted Student 1, a high school student at the time, for a non-educational purpose. 
b.) You paid $800 for Student 1 to attend a trip to Boston and proceeded to have a lunch with Student 1 at a restaurant with no other adult present.
c.) On or about January 24, 2013, you tweeted Student 2, a high school student at the time, implying Student 2 was tall, blonde, and beautiful. 
d.) An investigation was completed by the Benjamin-Logan Local School District for your actions noted above, along with other allegations of misconduct, which resulted in a written reprimand being issued to you by the Board of Education on December 15, 2014. 

Your acts, conduct, and/or omissions, as alleged in Count 1 above, constitute a violation of Section 3319.31 (B)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code. 

The recommendation given by Hearing Examiner Paul Stehurz was as follows:

RECOMMENDATION

Based on the findings and conclusions stated herein, namely that Respondent, Robert W. Kuehnle, has violated Ohio Revised Code § 3319.31 (B) (1) due to conduct unbecoming an educator’s position as set forth in Counts L(a), 1(b), and l(c) of the Ohio State Board of Education’s (SBOE’s) Amended Notice of Opportunity for Hearing dated April 19, 2019, it is my recommendation that Mr. Kuenhle’s five-year school treasurer license issued in 2015 with an effective year of 2016 and his five-year substitute general teaching license issued in 2015 with an effective year of 2016 be SUSPENDED for a period of TWO (2) YEARS from the date of the SBOE’s final adjudication order in this matter and that, pursuant to OAC § 3301- 73-22(A) (1),

I recommend that the above suspensions of Mr. Kuehnle’s licenses be STAYED IN TOTAL provided that Mr. Kuehnle does not engage in any additional act(s) unbecoming to his position in education during the term of the stay. Further, as part of this discipline of Mr. Kuehnle’s licenses and as a condition of the stay, Mr. Kuehnle must complete eight (8) hours of boundary training as approved by the Board within 120 days of the effective date of the Board’s Order and abide by any other terms of this discipline instituted by the Board.

Respectfully submitted,

PAUL STEHURZ, Hearing Examiner

October 10, 2019

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