Mansfield Superintendent on Administrative Leave

The superintendent of public schools in Mansfield has been placed on administrative leave while the Board of Education investigates his "travel practices and reimbursement," according to a letter to parents from Board of Education Chair Randy Walikonis.

Walikonis said Supt. Fred Baruzzi's contract allows him to travel out of the district for work, but his amount of travel has been called into question.

"We are duty bound as a Board to follow up to make sure that the purpose and amount of travel was appropriate," Walikonis said Thursday.

Baruzzi will remain on administrative leave throughout the investigation. Rachel Leclerc, director of Special Education and Support Services, will serve as acting superintendent, according to Walikonis.

"We will wait for the results of the investigation, but nothing new has come to light," Walikonis said.

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