Lisa-Stroh2-300x300Petersburg’s school superintendent is on administrative leave until early next year.

Superintendent Lisa Stroh was not at Tuesday night’s board meeting and board president Jean Ellis made that announcement part way through the meeting. “Superintendent Stroh is on administrative leave through January 5th from family medical issues,” Ellis said. “She has appointed the elementary principal Erica Kludt Painter as acting superintendent during her administrative leave.”

Stroh started work in Petersburg in July and came here after a year as superintendent in Valdez. She signed a three-year contract.

The board did not have any other public discussion about the district’s top administrator. However, they started off Tuesday’s meeting by continuing a closed door executive session from Monday night.

Board member Cheryl File made the motion to go back into a closed door meeting. “I make a motion to move into executive session for the purpose of attorney client communication regarding a potential legal matter to address, excuse me, district obligations and rights pertaining to an employment contract and necessarily related items.”

Board president Jean Ellis on Wednesday declined comment on whether the executive session was related to the superintendent contract. Ellis said Stroh is still an employee of the Petersburg City School district but was granted administrative leave until January 5th as she requested.