Milton schools to release records on Garrow's leave this week
MILTON Milton School Board officials say the district might not release records about Superintendent Mike Garrow's paid leave until late this week.
The Gazette submitted an open records request Nov. 29 seeking details of a complaint and an investigation into Garrow's conduct and details of an agreement by the board to pay Garrow through June 30 while he's on an "administrative leave of absence."
Until now, the board has been mum on details of a complaint about Garrow's conduct that apparently prompted the district to put him on leave while it investigated. Under law, the district had to give Garrow time to augment records that The Gazette requested or make a rebuttal.
District officials earlier said that Garrow had a deadline of Tuesday to submit the materials.
Board President Rob Roy, who is acting as the district's spokesman on Garrow's leave, said the district has received materials from Garrow, but release of the records has been delayed and possibly won't happen until Friday.
Roy said he was getting up to speed after having a medical procedure Wednesday, and he was unable to comment.
Board member Betsy Lubke said that she's been involved in the district's handling of the records request. She said Garrow has turned in his materials, but he has asked the district to include additional materials with the records it gives The Gazette.
"We received Mike's augmentation and a request from him to release additional documentation," Lubke said.
Lubke said it's taking extra time because the board is getting help from legal counsel to compile the documents that Garrow wants included.
"We just have to walk through everything and make sure everything is correct," Lubke said.
The board has not said whether the complaint, the investigation or its findings have anything to do with Garrow's ongoing leave.
The board in November agreed to give Garrow full pay and benefits while he remains on leave through June 30.
Garrow's contract runs through June 2014, according to district records. It's not clear if the terms of Garrow's ongoing leave agreement have altered his contract.
The Gazette has asked in two open records requests for the district to release details of his leave agreement.
Garrow has said he's done nothing that would justify dismissing him as superintendent. He has said that he has not had an affair or misappropriated funds, and he has not done anything "immoral."
Garrow has said the time off has allowed him to reflect on his father's recent death and "pursue his dreams."