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Benjamin Ruby PALMYRA >> Palmyra Area School District officials are investigating a complaint involving high school principal Benjamin Ruby. According to Lebanon Daily News sources and comments on a story on PennLive.com and on a WLBR talk show Wednesday, Ruby is accused of emailing a photo showing a girl's bra reportedly brought in a bag to the school by the student's mother. Last week, the school board approved a medical leave of absence for Ruby, from March 17 through April 17, followed by an intermittent leave through Sept. 30. Brown said Ruby requested medical leave several weeks ago and that the request was unrelated to the investigation. Ruby was hired by the district in July 2012, replacing former principal David Jones, who retired. Prior to joining Palmyra, Ruby was assistant principal at Northeastern Middle School in Mount Wolf, York County. He also was a high school social studies teacher in Williamsport as well as an assistant principal and co-principal at the secondary level in York County.
Benjamin Ruby, Assistant Principal
Parent Connie Fake told the board that, moments before the ceremony began, high school Principal Benjamin Ruby told these students to remove them because the sashes were not among those recognized by the district at graduation.
She added that students who attended the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center also were told earlier to remove their achievement sashes. "These students felt they were being punished for their accomplishments," Fake said, asking that Ruby apologize to the students.
Benjamin Ruby issues a public apology for 'exercising poor judgment'
Benjamin Ruby Benjamin Ruby PALMYRA >> Palmyra Area School District officials Thursday announced that high school principal Benjamin Ruby will be appropriately disciplined following an investigation into an allegation that he took a photo of a student's bra and emailed it to staff. At the school board's workshop, Superintendent Lisa Brown read a statement of apology from Ruby, who was not present at the meeting. Brown said that on March 12 the district was notified of an allegation that Ruby took a photo of a Victoria's Secret bag containing a bra that a mother had dropped off at the school office for her daughter on Feb. 21. Brown said the district immediately began an investigation, and Ruby was placed on administrative paid leave pending the investigation, which took place between March 13 and 25. Brown said the investigation included interviews with Ruby, the student's mother and other school personnel. "Dr. Ruby fully cooperated in the investigation from the onset," Brown said. Brown said that the administration concluded that Ruby photographed the bag containing the bra while it was in the office waiting to be picked up. "At no time did Dr. Ruby touch or remove the contents of the bag," Brown said, noting that he did not know to whom the bag belonged and his email did not identify the owner of the bag. As a result of the investigation, Brown said the administration has determined that "this was an isolated case of poor judgment" by Ruby. "The district will take all appropriate disciplinary action, including an unpaid administrative leave following Dr. Ruby's approved medical leave," she said. The unpaid leave will begin April 17, but she declined to say how long his unpaid leave would be. Following her statements, Brown read an apology by Ruby. Benjamin Ruby's statement: At some point, Fawber said Ruby is expected to meet with her and her daughter to apologize. Currently, Ruby is on medical leave, which he requested on Jan. 15, prior to the incident. Ruby started his medical leave on March 17, and is scheduled to return April 17, with intermittent leave through Sept. 30, according to Brown. Ruby was hired by the district in July 2012, replacing former principal David Jones, who retired.
High school Principal Benjamin Ruby proposed the change to the board in November.
"We will give students the opportunity to take two additional classes sometime between the start of their freshman year and midway through their senior year," Ruby explained Thursday. Ruby said students could take classes outside of the district, if approved, but the district offers many online courses through its Cougar Academy that students could take. "Most likely that would be the type of class they would take," he said. Advertisement Ruby said this change would give seniors some flexibility to go to college earlier, to go into the military or to get a job earlier. "Whatever they want to do in life, they can start earlier," he said. Presently, the only way students can graduate early is if they want to go to college, he said. Students can meet their graduation requirements now by taking pre-approved college classes. But students who do that are not actually graduating early but simply meeting their graduation requirements, he said.