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FAYETTEVILLE -- Police have referred an investigation involving a School District administrator to the city prosecutor for review, according to officials.

Mark Oesterle, the district's director of secondary education, has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 4. Fayetteville police spent about a month on the investigation before forwarding it to the prosecutor late last week, according to Sgt. Anthony Murphy, a police spokesman.

Reasons for the investigation haven't been made public. Brian Thomas, city prosecutor, confirmed his office received the file but declined to comment further.

The district has handled Oesterle's absence by temporarily re-assigning duties to other staff members, just as it would whenever anyone is out for an extended amount of time, said Alan Wilbourn, the district's public information officer.

The district hired Oesterle in August 2016 as director of federal programs and programs for students who are English language learners. He became the district's director of secondary education for the 2017-18 school year. His salary this school year is $123,000.

Oesterle, before joining Fayetteville, was an administrator in the Springdale School District, first as an assistant principal at Har-Ber High School, then as an assistant principal at the Tyson School of Innovation.

NW News on 02/09/2019

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