Supporters 'leave the light on' for dismissed La Salle principal

Supporters 'leave the light on' for dismissed La Salle principal

GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Community members are demanding a further explanation as to why the 17-year principal of La Salle High School was dismissed earlier this month.

Archdiocese and school officials announced Tom Luebbe's dismissal in an April 8 letter. The letter praised Luebbe for his dedication to the school and did not give a specific reason for the decision to not renew his contract.

Each principal at a high school that the Archdiocese owns is provided a one-year contract, and the Archdiocese makes a decision each year whether to offer that principal another one-year contract, according to a letter sent by the Archdiocese.

The letter says the Board at La Salle recommended to the Superintendent and the Archbishop that a contract should not be extended to Luebbe for the 2016-17 school year. The Superintendent and Archbishop agreed with the recommendation.

"During his time at La Salle, Mr. Luebbe has acted consistently with the mission at La Salle, and the recent decision by the Archdiocese was in no way the result of any criminal or immoral behavior or any actions that jeopardized the safety of La Salle students, faculty or staff," the letter states.

A group of supporters will gather in front of the school Wednesday night and hold up flashlights, cell phones and cameras.

"If you know Tom - you know that at graduation he always tells the young men that he will leave the light on in his office as a sign to them that they are always welcome - and that he is there for them," reads a post circulating on Facebook. "So we are going to light up La Salle - we want the Archdiocese to know that we want answers."

About 100 people gathered at La Salle High School Wednesday night to call for more information as to why Luebbe's contract was not renewed.

"He'd always leave a light on in his office and it shows that La Salle is welcoming not just to Lancers, but to everyone," said Tyler Harmon, who graduated from La Salle last year.  "Am I frustrated?  Would I like a little more information about it?  Yes.  But, at the same time, you've got to make do with what you've got," said Harmon.

"He's a guy that would be at all the sporting events, or he would try and make it.  He'd be at all the retreats.  He's got your back.  He was there for you," Miller told FOX19 NOW.
The group gathered at the school says they want a better explanation of what happened, and seniors just want Luebbe around for graduation next month.

"We've been here for four years and we want to get our diplomas handed to us by him.  He's been our guy for four years, and we all love him," Miller said.

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