Sutton School Principal Roberta Stradling is allowed to return to work, according to an email sent to her from Caledonia North Supervisory Union Superintendent Victoria Scheufler. The correspondence, with subject line "Friday 11/21 leave ends" says "you are permitted to return to your regular duties at this time. Following the police investigation I will complete my school level inquiry and inform you of my conclusions."

Stradling was placed on paid administrative leave following a report of an alleged assault on a staff member at the Sutton School in the School on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Vermont State Police trooper David Upson confirmed Tuesday afternoon that, "..there is an active and ongoing investigation involving staff members of the Sutton school." He said he could not confirm the identity of the alleged victim or the identity of anyone else included in the investigation. Upson said if the investigation leads to a criminal citation, then state police will issue a press release.

Reached on Wednesday, Scheufler refused to comment on the e-mail or Stradling's status. Scheufler said she would have no comment on any personnel matter.

Stradling has served as principal of the Sutton School for the past six years. She has not responded to efforts to make a comment.

Sutton School Board Chair Celeste Girrell said Monday that Scheufler is the person responsible for hiring school principals and will be responsible for the investigation into the alleged assault.

On Wednesday morning, St. Johnsbury attorney David Sleigh confirmed he represents Roberta Stradling. He said he has not been contacted by the Vermont State Police in connection with any investigation of his client. Sleigh said he has contacted the state police to notify them that he represents her and that he will accept any process or other documents from the state police on her behalf.

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