On Milton Superintendent being PAID - Part II
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On Milton Superintendent Garrow to get paid leave
WisconsinResident — Garrow's contract is up on June 30. No coincidence that's when his leave ends. It's at the board's discretion whether he returns, not his.
Fully aware my previous comment might get deleted, but so be it if it does. We're in complete agreement, abass80, about the need for both parties to resign. Admitting their mistakes like adults and stepping aside at the start of all of this probably just makes too much sense though.Looking forward, candidates for school board can start taking out papers soon, I believe. I'm willing to give Betsy Lubke the benefit of the doubt as a first-term board member, but I think Rob Roy's time is about up. We've had some really good new candidates run in the past couple years, new blood with progressive ideas like John Fons and Jason Busch, who likely lost because they weren't Milton lifers. Well, we can see where that gets us. Hopefully they, or similarly minded individuals who have their priorities straight—strong teachers make strong students, who make strong schools—will run again and breathe some much-needed fresh air into this board.
Finally people seem to be catching on to the fact that this extended leave has nothing to do with the death of Garrow's father. As for whether the most repeated rumor, if true (and the evidence certainly points that way), can/should lead to the outright dismissal of Garrow and another district employee, I don't see how it's grounds for firing. Inappropriate and immoral? Maybe. But certainly not illegal, or even against school district rules. My guess is the district recognizes this—after all, there are board members with HR experience—and is simply letting Garrow's contract run out and not renewing it. It's paying him to go away when he wouldn't have had the confidence of staff had he stayed. If Garrow had an integrity he'd just resign, but I expect he'll be needing the extra money for what one can only assume will be his personal legal battle ahead. Personally, I don't care how Garrow spends his free time—or with whom—but the board should be better prepared with its next superintendent contract and willing to include a clause allowing for dismissal for any conduct detrimental to the district, or at least unpaid leave. That the rest of us are paying for Garrow's dalliance-related extended vacation is really my only gripe.
On Milton School Board stays mum on whether district is paying for Garrow's leave
Yada, what the school board says about the reason for his leave isn't necessarily the truth. Why take them at their word? It's convenient timing, but that's all, and it's being used to cover up the truth. This head in the sand mentality is only going to hurt the district in the long run.
Isn't it convenient that Garrow's leave ends on the same date his contract does? And why no reasonable explanation why his school district e-mail account was completely shut down when his leave began? That's not something an employer does when it expects an employee to return. Plenty of people know the true reason he's not on the job right now. More will find out the truth in spite of the school board's diversionary tactics.
On Milton Schools superintendent to remain on "approved leave"
Abass, I don't think support for education in Milton necessitates unwavering support for the school board. I support the actual educators in Milton, and the students, but there are board members who I do not support. Unfortunately, until they resign their post or are voted out, they're part of the educational system. Doesn't mean I can't hope for the best, even while expecting nothing but the status quo from the good ol' boy network that still operates within some quarters of the school board.
Considering Garrow's e-mail has been completely shut down since he went on leave, this seems like more than just needing time to deal with the death of his father, timely though that might be for purposes of deflecting attention from the real reason he's been gone. The school board can hide behind closed sessions, but people DO know the truth. Garrow's leave should not be paid, and if he ever does come back he won't have the respect of staff. The board needs to cut its losses and move on with new leadership.
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