The principal of Bendigo South East Secondary College will not return to the school for the start of the 2017 academic year.
An education department spokesman said on Monday Ernie Fleming was on a period of extended leave.
“With respect to the privacy of its employees, the department does not comment on individual employee matters,” the spokesman said.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College principal Dale Pearce will act as principal of the years seven to 10 high school in Mr Fleming’s absence.
The education department is finalising arrangements for an acting principal at Bendigo Senior Secondary College and will make an announcement to parents in the coming days.
The announcement comes just days before the school year is scheduled to begin.