Milton Schools superintendent to remain on "approved leave"
MILTON—Milton School District Superintendent Mike Garrow will be on hiatus for the rest of the school year, district officials announced Monday night.
After a nearly two-hour closed session to discuss Garrow’s employment, the board released a news release stating he will not return during the 2012-13 school year.
The release, which came with little comment from the board, says the board and Garrow have “mutually agreed” that Garrow will “remain on approved leave of absence through June 30, 2013.”
The board meanwhile will work to appoint an interim superintendent, officials said.
Before Monday’s meeting, the board met five times in closed session in the past two months to evaluate Garrow as a district employee, officials said.
Board President Rob Roy said Monday’s closed session dealt with discussion of Garrow’s “approved leave,” which Garrow has said he requested.
Garrow’s leave started Oct. 15, officials said.
In the news release, Garrow offered a statement about his leave that said he was undergoing “personal and family issues” since the death of his father earlier this fall.
Garrow indicated in the statement that he’d been soul-searching and that he’d taken into account that “life is short” and people should “live each day to the fullest—pursuing their dreams.”
Roy said he was unsure whether Garrow plans to return to the district, but he said there would be more talks between the board and Garrow over his employment status.
Roy refused to give details about the five closed session meetings leading up to Monday. He wouldn't say whether Garrow’s leave has been paid since Oct. 15, and whether Garrow would be on paid leave the rest of the year.
The Gazette could not immediately reach Garrow for comment.
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