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Corning superintendent being investigated for fraud

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CORNING, Calif. - The superintendent of the Corning Union High School District, John Burch, is on leave while he is investigated for fraud.

Interim Superintendent Jared Caylor couldn't say much about the investigation, but previous city leaders defended Burch's character.

Both former Mayor Gary Strack and former City Manager Steve Kimbrough said they don't believe Burch would have done anything illegal. They also spoke highly of his character at last week's Board of Directors meeting as well.

Burch became the superintendent of the Corning school district in 2012.

During last Thursday's meeting, the board called for an audit of his expenses covering the school years 2012-13 and 2016-17.

"I can't really talk about it, it's a personnel issue. Essentially the board announced that they had placed him on leave and they would continue to conduct his evaluation," Caylor said.

Caylor said he's encouraging staff to focus on the students during the process.

The board said they will announce what they decide to do within 60 days of the report.

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