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’Missing’ principal defends his record

The principal of Saugus High School is defending his management of the school’s ­finances after reports that he was placed on leave pending an audit.

Joseph Diorio issued a statement Thursday saying his management of Saugus High “financial and otherwise” had been done in an “exemplary manner.”

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The Globe reported Thursday that school officials said he had been placed on leave Dec. 18 pending an audit. Superintendent Richard Langlois said that the leave was not disciplinary and that no conclusion had been reached on Diorio.

A School Committee member said the audit would focus on a student activities account that has been “an issue for a long period of time.”

Diorio said he had “worked diligently to manage the student activity checking account by strictly adhering to the local administrative procedures prescribed and state law requirements as I understand them.”

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He said that after an audit in 2011, “recommendations were made, which were promptly implemented.”

Diorio also said he had been cooperating with the review and had never been out of touch with Langlois’s office.

“I look forward to assisting with the review in any way I can and hope it will progress ­efficiently and expeditiously, so that my unblemished reputation can be restored and I can return soon to the important business of leading Saugus High School,” he said.

Martin Finucane can be reached at mfinucane@
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