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Barnesville A.D. on administrative leave

BARNESVILLE — Barnesville Exempted Village Schools Superintendent Angela Hannahs confirmed Friday that Ryan Rosnick, the district’s athletics director, has been placed on administrative leave.

The leave, effective Thursday with pay, stems from allegations that became public earlier this week that the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District has more than $5,400 from volleyball and basketball gate receipts missing. The money was found to be unaccounted for through a 2018 audit — a time Rosnick was the Monroe Central High School athletics director.

Once those allegations came to light, Hannahs immediately launched an investigation into the Barnesville Athletic Department funds since Aug. 1, when Rosnick began his employment in the Barnesville district.

“We saw some red flags and wanted to take some time to investigate further,” Hannahs said. “Once we received word from the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District about (the missing funds), we went back and began looking at things, specifically since Mr. Rosnick started.”

Hannahs said she has no immediate timetable regarding how long the administrative leave or investigation may last.

“We have to go through deposit forms and receipts, so it could take a while,” Hannahs said.

In the meantime, Hannahs has appointed herself as acting athletics director at Barnesville.

“I have a very supportive and experienced administrative team with (district principals) Clint Abbott, Casey Mayo and Ron Clark, all of whom have experience in athletics,” Hannahs said. “They’ve all said they’ll be willing to step up and support in whatever I need. I’ve also been granted permission by Martins Ferry Superintendent Jim Fogle to consult with (former Barnesville athletics director) Mark Cook for guidance. I feel really positive the athletic program will continue in a positive direction.”

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