Board of Ed to Meet About Embattled Plymouth Superintendent

Eleanor Cruz is accused of stealing $15,000 from the town of Hebron while serving as superintendent there.

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    Eleanor Cruz faced a judge hours before the Plymouth Board of Education met to discuss appointment of an acting superintendent. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014)

    The Plymouth Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the future of the school superintendent, who is accused of stealing money from her former school system.

    Eleanor Cruz was arrested in August and asked not to report to work while the Plymouth school board investigates.

    She’s accused of stealing $15,000 from the town of Hebron while she was serving as the superintendent there. The warrant for her arrest says she charged personal expenses to school district credit cards, including clothing, groceries, gardening supplies and pharmacy purchases.

    Cruz is also accused of using taxpayer dollars to pay a private consultant for analyzing Plymouth Board of Education data shortly before she left Hebron for Plymouth, according to an audit conducted by the Hebron school board.

    Plymouth Board Of Ed Decides To Investigate Superintendent

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    Parents in Plymouth applauded calls to fire their school superintendent but they walked away disappointed. This all comes after Eleanor Cruz was arrested for larceny less than a week ago. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

    The Plymouth school board moved to terminate Cruz at a meeting Aug. 13, then segued into executive session, during which chairman Raymond Engle was appointed to lead an investigation into her conduct.

    Cruz remains on administrative leave and the agenda for tonight’s meeting includes a proposed agreement regarding the Superintendent’s employment and discussion and possible action regarding the appointment of an Interim Superintendent.

    Both issues will be discussed during executive session, which is not open to the public, and Engle will be making a statement at the end of the meeting.

    Plymouth business manager Michael Santogotta was selected to lead the school district until an acting superintendent is selected.

    Cruz us due in court on Sept. 12, according to police.