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Milton Superintendent being PAID - Part II

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John Eyster
November 20, 2012

Milton Superintendent being PAID - Part II.

COMMENDATION and THANKS to NEIL JOHNSON for his conscientious and committed journalism to persist to get the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH about the situation vis-à-vis our MILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT MIKE GARROW!

The headline today is, “Garrow to get paid leave: Milton School Board president mum on further details about superintendent.”

IF you are a citizen of the SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MILTON, I urge you to read this significant update on the “MESS” – yes, at least Board President Rob Roy has acknowledged that we have a “MESS” vis-à-vis our superintendent in our School District of Milton. And, we are going to pay through the nose to resolve the MESS. I await IMPATIENTLY AGAIN, the full disclosure of the “MESS.”

The headline today is, “Garrow to get paid leave: Milton School Board president mum on further details about superintendent.” I am NOT allowed to provide a link, but you are able to access the E-EDITION online IF you are a Gazette subscriber. Or, you can buy a P-EDITION. IF you are a citizen of the SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MILTON, I urge you to read this significant update on the “MESS” – yes, at least Board President Rob Roy has acknowledged that we have a “MESS” vis-à-vis our superintendent in our School District of Milton.

Those of us who check the Gazette website (gazettextra.com) regularly learned yesterday morning (9:44 am) that our Milton Board President Rob Roy has told the media that the superintendent is being paid on the extended leave until the end of the school year in June 2013. You can use this link to the news notice, "Milton superintendent being paid for leave."

After reading Neil Johnson’s article, “Garrow to stay on leave: Superintendent out for 2012-13 school year” 1-week ago today – November 13, 2012, I posted my NO CONFIDENCE vote on my WE THE PEOPLE blog, “Vote of NO CONFIDENCE! Milton Board of Education.”

My NO CONFIDENCE vote holds without additional meaningful evidence. Yes, the Superintendent is being PAID. WHY?!

Anticipating the disclosures to come next week as Board President Rob Roy clarified the reasons for the LONG DELAY. Roy asserts that will be the FIRST OPPORTUNITY for the Board to release the details. He reports that the Board has the benefit of advice of an attorney.

(How much money is this MESS - paying a superintendent on extended leave and paying an interim superintendent and other items - costing?! Alert to Milton School Board: Do NOT bring a referendum to me. I will campaign AGAINST ANY REFERENDUM on the basis of YOUR mismanagement of our district! Forewarned is forearmed!! What do YOU think?)

Neil’s article quotes Board President Roy stating, “Once you see the documents, you’ll have a whole lot more questions. (But) you’ll have a better understanding of exactly what’s going on and why I’m so reluctant to speak with you.”

The article reports that Garrow’s annual pay is $122,000 according to district records. The amount being paid to Garrow during the leave is NOT reported yet. Roy does identify the NUMEROUS fringe benefits given to Garrow by our Milton Board. (How do these fringe benefits compare with our TEACHERS?!)

Add now we have the Board President's confirmation of the fact that an INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT is to be hired and paid. Roy hopes to have a contract for the Interim Superintendent ready for the Board to vote on at its meeting next Monday, November 26.

I am VERY UNhappy that ROY is MUM on whether Garrow will return to our School District of Milton after this EXTENDED LEAVE! Regardless of the reason for this leave, I am among the taxpaying and voting citizen of the School District who do NOT want Garrow to return to our district! Garrow's status after this extended leave MUST be clarified with all deliberate speed.

IF it is NOT clear by the time that persons declare candidacy for our Milton School Board for the SPRING 2013 election, we MUST be sure there are candidates to replace the incumbents who face election April 2013. They are: Board President Roy and Treasurer Betsy Lubke.

That’s 2 out of the 7. Research makes it very clear that IF the 2 incumbents are defeated, the other board members will get a VERY STRONG MESSAGE. School Board research tells us that the Board will make a change aligned with what WE THE PEOPLE of the MILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT say with our VOTES.

In the meantime, I am concerned that the Board might move ahead to put a decision to allow Garrow to return to our Milton School District after this extended leave. Forewarned is forearmed! What do YOU think?

I am NOT ready to vote “CONFIDENCE” for our Milton School Board yet… are you?

Here we go...

Mr. E.



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