Beavercreek administration: principal used ‘inappropriate word’


By Scott Halasz - shalasz@aimmediamidwest.com



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BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek High School Principal George Caras was placed on administrative leave for using an inappropriate word, which he self-reported, according to his personnel file.

In a letter dated Sept. 27 — obtained by the Gazette through a public records request — Caras was placed on administrative leave after an interaction with a BHS student in which he used the word. He was barred from entering any district school building without permission from Superintendent Paul Otten and he was directed to refrain from contact with students, parents, colleagues and other district employees during the period of investigation.

Caras is scheduled for a fact-finding meeting at the district’s central office Monday, Oct. 7.

According to a Twitter post from Caras’ daughter Sydney Caras, Caras wore a “durag” for 80’s day and it led to the conversation with the student about the origin of the “N-word.”

“Never once did he say that word in a derogatory way, but he did say it in an educational context to explain how that word has evolved,” the tweet said.

Caras also received a written warning in August 2018 after allegedly making inappropriate reactions and comments concerning staffing changes in the instructional media center during the high school’s opening day staff meeting.

According to a letter in his personnel file, Caras was sharing staffing changes with the staff and upon stating the changes, there was a “notable reaction within the audience.”

In response to that reaction, Caras was alleged to have said, “Come on guys … I’m trying really hard here.”

In announcing the changes, Caras also allegedly said, “Lisa Rupp is the new district librarian and will be housed at central office. I’m trying really hard not to smile here. So now maybe the tone will be changing. Now maybe kids can get homework done and decompress.”

Caras also had several negative entries in his personnel file from Northmont City Schools, where he served as high school principal from 2008-2017.

He was told he was on “thin ice” while at NHS according to a letter in his personnel file dated May 31, 2013 — also obtained through a public records request.

The letter, from then-Superintendent Sarah C. Zatik, was in reference to comments he made at the 2013 graduation.

The letter also references “previous conversations about some of your inappropriate comments; it was noted as an area of improvement in a past evaluation” and a recommendation that Caras wrote out speeches and run them by another administrator.

Zatik told Caras she had numerous complaints from board members, staff, and parents about inappropriate remarks including comments about the board president’s husband’s surgery; about girls with short skirts, and who can wear them short.

“The board and central office hold their breath every time you go to the microphone,” Zatik wrote.

Caras also was questioned about the way he handled the resignation of former Northmont boys basketball coach Jim Brown that same school year, allegedly writing a resignation letter that Brown neither saw nor signed.

A third letter was sent regarding senior car painting, where at least four students had their cars painted without permission. Caras was told in the future the district will not allow car painting on its property.

Prior to Northmont, Caras was principal at Kennedy Elementary School in Kettering from 1998-2008 and had nothing negative in his personnel file, according to the district’s human capital office.

Caras also spent 13 years in various positions in the Dayton Public Schools district. The Gazette has requested information on Caras’ personnel file from DPS.

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By Scott Halasz

shalasz@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.