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Marian Central Catholic High School superintendent fired following conduct complaints

The Rev. Thomas Doyle will serve as interim leader

WOODSTOCKMarian Central Catholic High School Superintendent Andy Edmondson was fired Friday after allegations of inappropriate conduct.

“We had been alerted of some allegations that he had engaged in verbal communication with students and faculty that was inconsistent with professional standards at Marian,” said Penny Wiegert, director of communications for the Diocese of Rockford.

Wiegert declined to comment on the specifics of what was allegedly said.

Woodstock, where Marian Central Catholic High School is located, is part of the Rockford Diocese district. The school had 689 students in the 2015-16 school year, and 17 Catholic parishes in McHenry County contribute funding to the institution, according to its website.

Edmondson began as superintendent of the school in July 2015. He had previously held the same role at Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling.

Edmondson declined to comment Monday. Marian officials also did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Rev. Thomas Doyle, Marian’s spiritual director and assistant principal, will hold the role of interim superintendent until someone else is hired, Wiegert said. Doyle was ordained in 2008 and has worked at the high school for seven years.

The search could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, Wiegert said.

“We hope that it will be a couple of weeks,” she said. “But that’s just an estimate. We have to have time to interview all the candidates, whoever they may be.” 

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