OTTAWA - Ottawa Township High School Superintendent John Harrison died Sunday.
Harrison, 41, of Ottawa was found dead in his home after La Salle County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an apparent suicide.
A press release issued by the sheriff's office stated the incident is under investigation and there is no evidence of foul play at this time. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
"He was a very fine superintendent," OTHS Board Chairman George "Skip" Hupp said. "We're going to miss him."
Hupp said Harrison's death "had absolutely nothing to do" with Sunday's contract bargaining session with teachers.
Harrison was named superintendent in July 2006 by unanimous vote of the board. His first day as superintendent was July 1, 2007. Before becoming superintendent, he was the high school's principal for four years. He had been an educator for 17 years, teaching science.
Hupp said Principal Matt Winchester will take over duties as superintendent while the teacher's strike continues.
Grief counseling will be available for students at the school this week.