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Update on our Milton School District “MESS”

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John Eyster
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Update on our Milton School District “MESS”

We have the benefit of reports by two local journalists providing WE THE PEOPLE with MORE information released by our Milton School Board yesterday after its meeting. You are able to access these reports online - I have posted links below for your use. What do YOU think about our Milton School District "MESS"?

Our Milton School Board had another closed session yesterday. WE THE PEOPLE gained more information as James Debilzen, journalist with our Milton Courier posted a report, “Records: Milton schools admin. Was placed on leave following complaint.

We also have the report of Neil Johnson, journalist with our Janesville Gazette posted a report, “UPDATE: Garrow put on leave following complaint.”

You can use the links above to access each of these reports. They are available online free. COMMENDATON & THANKS to our local newspapers! Remember: We need our LOCAL newspapers!

As Board President Rob Roy stated to the press when he promised more information coming this week, we know more and NOW we have MORE QUESTIONS! What are YOUR questions?

Among my questions are:

1-WHY are we the people of the Milton School District – TAXPAYERS – paying Garrow for a leave extending from October 15, 2012 into June 2013? FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a TAXPAYER in the School District of Milton. I note the Gazette’s report that Milton School District records show that Garrow was paid $11,294. Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15, 2012. He was ON LEAVE starting Oct. 15.

2-WHY has the Board NOT clearly negotiated Garrow’s DEPARTURE from our School District of Milton to reassure WE THE PEOPLE of the Milton School District that Garrow will NOT be employed in any position after June 2013? I am one of the citizens of the district who definitely does NOT want Garrow employed by our school district.

3-WHY the SECRECY about this situation? I am going to assert that where there is smoke, there is fire!

I read Garrow’s statement about the records release. You can access and read it using the Courier link above. Neil Johnson quotes Garrow’s statement extensively in his news report. You can use the Gazette link above to read that source. The bottom line is that Garrow asserts, “To dispel several rumors, I have heard about myself, I can share that: I am not having, nor have I ever had an affair, not ever misappropriated any fund, nor have I participated in any immoral or illegal activities.”

Sorry, I continue to believe that where there is smoke, there is fire! Let’s CLEAR the SMOKE and put out the FIRE NOW!

4-WHAT does Garrow mean with is assertion that the leave is designed not only to let him mourn his father’s death – he has my full empathy in his mourning, but not my support of an extended leave with pay – as he continues to repeat the need for time for “pursuing his dreams.” WHY don’t we ALL get paid leave for “pursuing our dreams”?!

5-NOW we have the identity of the attorney hired by our Milton School Board to investigate the complaint filed with the Board accusing Garrow of behavior which would lead to discipline. WHY did our Board go to Attorney EILEEN BROWNLEE of Fennimore, WI to conduct “an independent investigation into allegations."

I do NOT understand going out of ROCK COUNTY. What is the reason? Do we NOT have attorneys of HIGH INTEGRITY to do this kind of independent investigation into the allegations? I know of several. Do YOU?

6-Concern for board President Rob Roy – There is no report as to why Rob Roy was hospitalized over the weekend. The report is that he was absent from the Milton Board meeting yesterday due to hospitalization. I pray for Rob's health and invite you to join me in that prayer, please.

Board vice-president Wilson Leong led the meeting yesterday. He reported that the Board expects Roy to recover soon and resume attending to district business this week.

In the meantime, the action on hiring an Interim Superintendent was put on hold with Roy’s hospitalization. Looking forward to learning who the “consensus” candidate is to be the Interim Superintendent for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

Wilson Leong used interesting words to describe the current situation in our School District of Milton, “awkward” and “inconvenient.”

Yes, Wilson, those are minimal descriptors. I think Board President Rob Roy said it better with MORE CANDOR, “MESS”!

This situation is a really serious/BIG “MESS”! I think it is likely to be a growing “SCANDAL” when WE THE PEOPLE of the School District of Milton know THE REST OF THE STORY. Time will tell…

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:32 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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