Beaver River Principal Placed On Leave, Investigated After 'Seri

Beaver River Principal Placed On Leave, Investigated After 'Serious' Complaint

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Beaver River's high school principal has been placed on leave as the Lewis County Sheriff's Office investigates a complaint against him.

In a release, school Superintendent Todd Green said a complaint against principal Joshua Stamp does not involve any students in the district.

Green didn't specify the nature of the complaint, but described it as "very serious in nature."

Green said he couldn't comment or speculate on specifics "because this is a confidential personnel matter."

He said the district is cooperating with law enforcement and is complying with all legal reporting requirements.

According to Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli, allegations were lodged against Stamp this summer.

"We're gathering what we can, interviewing the people that are involved and moving forward with looking into the allegations."

Stamp has been at Beaver River since July and before that was at Gouverneur Central School, where he had served as assistant principal.

Green said he was informing staff of the situation Wednesday afternoon.

According to his biography on the Beaver River School website, Stamp previously taught at Calcium Primary School in the Indian River School district for 7 years.  

He entered school administration at Gouverneur High School in March of 2014.

At Gouverneur he served as the assistant principal for both the middle and high schools before the position was split into two and he was assigned full-time to the middle school in September of 2016.

He left Gouverneur in July of 2017 and became the high school principal at Beaver River.

Stamp owns and operates Sterling Valley Maple with his wife and in-laws, and can often be found assisting on his in-laws' dairy farm.  

He is active in the Croghan Mennonite Church (where he leads worship).

7 News reached out to Stamp for comment. He said he wanted to speak with his lawyer before saying anything.

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