Rob Roy: Milton schools to release more details on Garrow's leave
MILTON--The Milton school district plans to release records that will shed more light on Superintendent Mike Garrow’s leave of absence and an agreement that allows him to be paid while on leave for the rest of the school year.
In a phone interview Monday, board president Rob Roy said the district has mailed district records in question and an open records request that The Gazette filed with the district last week.
The Gazette is seeking records that highlight Garrow’s leave agreement and an apparent complaint and board investigation dealing with Garrow’s conduct.
By law, Garrow has five days to add information to the open records that The Gazette has requested.
Roy estimates the records will be available early next week by the latest.
Roy’s announcement comes on the heels of a strongly worded editorial in The Gazette’s Sunday edition that urged the district to comply with the newspaper's latest open records request.
It’s the second open records request that The Gazette has filed to get details of Garrow’s sudden departure from the district in October. The district initially released some details about Garrow’s leave, but it withheld details of the ongoing leave agreement and the reasons for the leave.
Roy said at the time that those details were being withheld under a state statute designed to protect the privacy of Garrow and his family.
Garrow was put on leave Oct. 12 pending an investigation of an Oct. 9 complaint about his conduct, officials said.
The board and Garrow in November struck an agreement that allows Garrow to remain on fully paid leave through June 30.
It’s not clear if Garrow’s returning to the district after his leave, but the district last week appointed longtime district elementary school Principal Theresa Rusch as interim superintendent for the rest of the school year.