Delphi School Board Asks For Loan, Places Superintendent On Leave

Aug 21, 2019

Greg Briles has been Delphi's superintendent since 2016.
Credit Delphi Community School Corporation

Delphi Community School Corporation Superintendent Greg Briles has been placed on paid administrative leave, though officials won’t say why.

On Monday, the Delphi school board approved an emergency loan from the state for $1.5 million. But Ed Eiler, a former Lafayette School Corporation superintendent who was brought in to examine Delphi’s finances, says he hasn’t seen a connection between the two events – though he also says he doesn’t know why Briles was relieved of duty.

Eiler says it’s not uncommon for school corporations to ask the state for emergency cash, adding that a month like August—which has three payroll deductions—can cause a crunch.

“Frankly, knowing a little bit about school finances, this is a non-event,” Eiler says.

Eiler says he believes the increased scrutiny of the loan stems from unanswered questions surrounding the superintendent’s leave.

Nick Otis, the school corporation’s lawyer, would not disclose the reason for the leave, saying personnel issues are private.

Greg Briles has been Delphi’s superintendent since 2016, and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents named him Superintendent of the Year for a nine-county region in 2018.