BREAKING: Garrow resigning, getting pay and severance
MILTON–Superintendent Mike Garrow is receiving full pay while on leave the rest of the school year, but Garrow has agreed to resign June 30, according to Milton School District records obtained by The Gazette.
In a resignation agreement that the board supplied to The Gazette today through an open records request, the district disclosed it is paying Garrow for his leave and paying him $35,000 in severance pay.
The agreement is dated Nov. 12.
The resignation comes on the heels of a board investigation into complaints about Garrow's conduct, which officials said led to Garrow being put on leave Oct. 12. The board later granted Garrow paid leave through June 30.
The Milton School District today turned over documents detailing an investigation into complaints that Garrow had “inappropriately” fraternized with district staff during social gatherings and that last June he had accessed a “possibly inappropriate” picture of a woman using a school district computer.
A board-appointed investigator found that Garrow had not fraternized inappropriately during social gatherings. But the investigator found that Garrow had used district computers to access a photograph on Facebook that was “possibly inappropriate” and "certainly caused discomfort to the staff members to whom it was shown," according to the records.
Garrow supplemented the school district records with a written statement in which he sought to clear the air over his leave. He wrote that he is not “suspended” for the rest of the year, and argues that he is not on leave due to “misconduct.”
“The board and I reached a mutual agreement and are now living by the terms of that agreement,” Garrow wrote.
The board has not indicated whether it found Garrow guilty of misconduct or whether the investigation's findings have anything to do with Garrow's resignation.
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