The Glen Mills Schools announced late Thursday that Executive Director Randy Ireson is taking a leave of absence “for health reasons” effective immediately.

“The Board of Managers has appointed Christopher Spriggs as the Assistant Executive Director, effectively immediately and he will assume all of the functions of the Executive Director,” according to a release from spokeswoman Aimee Tysarczyk. “Additionally, Joe Hand Jr. has resigned as a member of the Board of Managers for business and personal reasons. Effective immediately, board Vice President Carolyn Seagraves has assumed the duties of the President.”

The embattled reform school has been under mounting scrutiny and pressure from state and local regulators in the wake of an alleged assault against a student in July 2017. Patrick Jameson Raquet, 34, of West Chester, and Christopher Medina, 31, of Kennett Square, are both facing charges in the July 19 incident that was allegedly caught on camera.

A recent investigative report by the Philadelphia Inquirer detailing decades of alleged abuse at the school prompted the city’s Department of Human Services to withdraw 51 students earlier this week, a move quickly followed by other jurisdictions within and outside the state.

Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland said her office is continuing to investigate the facility and the state Department of Human Services is looking into taking additional action, according to spokeswoman Maggi Mumma, including options permitted under the department’s licensing regulations.

These include revocation or nonrenewal of licensure for “mistreatment or abuse of clients being cared for in the facility or receiving service from the agency” and “gross incompetence, negligence or misconduct in operating the facility or agency.”

“DHS will work to do whatever it must to stop this culture of silence, intimidation, and mistreatment of children,” said Mumma earlier this week. “We are committed to working with counties, children and youth agencies, juvenile probation, the court system, and families to keep a closer watch over congregate care facilities like Glen Mills so we can stop mistreatment and abuse in these settings.”

Ireson, who became director in 2013, has repeatedly denied the allegations in the Inquirer report and urged that a panel of experts be convened to investigate alleged staff misconduct be given the time needed to provide an assessment.

“As we work through these difficult times, the administration will need the support of the entire staff of The Glen Mills Schools to continue to provide a high quality of service for youth,” the release from the school stated Thursday.

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