WINDHAM — Windham Superintendent Laura Amero remains on paid leave as police continue to investigate allegations of professional misconduct, but school records received through public records requests do not indicate any past disciplinary measures.
After making the announcement on April 1, the district officially placed Amero on leave on April 2, reinstating former Superintendent Gregg Isler to the role temporarily. While the allegations remain unclear, police said last week that no criminal charges have been filed and all parties involved are cooperating.
The Windham Police Department has not responded to the Record-Courier’s request for a police report on the incident, other than to acknowledge that it had received the request last week.
According to Amero’s personnel file, she started her teaching career in 2006 as a high school English teacher in Campbell City Schools in Mahoning County. In 2009, she moved to Western Reserve High School in Berlin Center, where she worked as an English teacher until July 2013.
Through a public records request, the Record-Courier obtained Amero’s personnel file from Western Reserve. Within the 49-page file, there are only two pages of evaluation. In her review for the 2009-10 school year, Principal Jeff Zatchok lists her as proficient in all categories. All comments are positive, with the exception of a comment to “work to maintain a solid boundary between student/teacher differences.” In 2012, Amero married Zatchok’s son, Jacob Zatchok. Amero and Jacob Zatchok divorced in 2013, according to Mahoning County court records.
In 2013, Amero resigned from Western Reserve to become a literacy coach with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center and then joined the Windham school district in 2015 as the junior/senior high school principal.
After Isler announced his retirement in August 2018, the school board appointed Amero as assistant superintendent, a position created specifically to ease the transition. Amero became superintendent in February of this year following Isler’s departure.
The Record-Courier requested and received Amero’s file from the Windham School District. School officials said there are no separate disciplinary files for Amero. The Record-Courier also requested Amero’s evaluations, and received confirmation Monday that the district is working to fulfill that request.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci declined to comment on his office’s involvement in the case.
The Windham Board of Education’s regularly scheduled April meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school. The agenda was not available as of Monday.
Reporter Eileen McClory contributed to this article.
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