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Parents looking for answers after Wolcott principal put on paid leave

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Wolcott High School principal was  put on paid leave. (WFSB) Wolcott High School principal was put on paid leave. (WFSB)
WOLCOTT, CT (WFSB) -

Wolcott parents were left in confusion Friday after school officials announced the high school principal was put on leave.

Parents said the school district has been too vague and since the announcement, rumors have been floating.

School officials said Principal Joseph Monroe was at school on Tuesday and then he was not there on Wednesday. The district sent out a brief explanation that day, citing "personnel issues."

Residents said that the principal has been an important person in town.

"We all went to that school. Everybody here knows who he is. He's been a huge part of the town for years. He was the athletic director, coach, and a principal." said a former student.

Parents were sent a memo to high school parents Wednesday, explaining the principal was put on paid leave. But they did not elaborate on why he left.

"I need to know a lot more. They should email and let us know exactly what happened," said parent Michelle Marangio.

In the meantime, Walter Drewry has taken over Monroe's role. There's no time frame as to when or even if Monroe could return.

The superintendent would not elaborate on the issue with Channel 3, but said the leave was "not the result of any incident impacting on student safety or instruction."

Police said that they are not involved with the leave in any way, meaning the reason for the leave is not crime-related.

"I guess it's good that it's not criminal, but I still have no idea what it's about," said a former student.

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