School superintendent fired after misconduct investigation

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CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' highest paid school superintendent was fired less than a week before he was scheduled to retire.

Troy Paraday made more than $430,000 last year as Calumet City District 155 superintendent. The Daily Southtown in Tinley Park reports Paraday was fired Friday for allegedly padding his own pay without authorization, destroying or altering documents involving when he worked and misrepresenting the district's financial status.

The 56-year-old Paraday had been on paid leave since Oct. 6, pending the outcome of the board's investigation into alleged misconduct. School district officials said the board turned its findings over to local police. It wasn't immediately clear whether a criminal investigation of the former superintendent is underway.

Attorney Steven Glink said Tuesday he and Paraday "completely disagree" with the board's decision and believe its accusations are without merit.

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Information from: Southtown Star, http://southtownstar.chicagotribune.com/


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