Newburgh school deputy named acting superintendent amid misconduct probe
Newburgh's deputy school superintendent is now in charge while his boss is being investigated for misconduct.
An attorney for the Newburgh Board of Education says Ed Forgit is now acting superintendent.
District sources close to the investigation tell News12 that Dr. Roberto Padilla is accused of sexually harassing a female employee during a district conference earlier this month in San Diego.
Newburgh's Board of Education voted last week to hire an independent investigator and suspended a top official with pay, but at the time didn't mention Padilla's name.
Critics say they hope the board continues to take the allegations seriously.
This is not the first time Padilla's leadership has been under fire.
A grand jury found his administration guilty of forging student athlete attendance records and grades in 2019, and Padilla recently faced public criticism after receiving a $30,000 pay raise.
He is now suspended with pay, according to sources.