Update on the Superintendent Investigation

Update on the Superintendent Investigation

Dear Monroe School District Community,

As many of you know, a number of students, parents, teachers and other staff members, community and union leaders attended the December 13, 2021 school board meeting to express deep concerns about Superintendent Blasko's alleged misconduct, potential policy violations, and leadership challenges.

Given the magnitude of the issues raised and to ensure a fair and unbiased investigation, an independent third party investigator was hired to lead the investigation process. The board placed Dr. Blasko on administrative leave and appointed Kim Whitworth as the Acting Superintendent.

Today, the Board of Directors received the final report from the third-party investigator who was tasked with reviewing Dr. Blasko's conduct and leadership as Superintendent. This report is also being provided to Dr. Blasko and his legal representative.

At this time, the report must remain confidential for at least 10 business days for what is called "third party notification." During this window of time, school board directors cannot share the report or its findings. Additionally, the report will not be available for public records requests during this window of time. We can, however, share information about the process followed so far and what will happen next.

The Board of Directors is holding a board meeting on Friday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. Kim Whitworth will continue to serve as the temporary Acting Superintendent at this time.

The Board will continue to communicate clearly with staff, families, and the public about the next steps in this process as we are able to do so. People across the district have expressed a wide variety of strong feelings about this situation and we acknowledge those feelings. The Board of Directors and district leadership intend to deal with this personnel matter in a way that follows district policy and all applicable laws, and also to be as open and transparent with staff, families, and the broader Monroe community each step along the way.

While these are important adult issues that must be addressed, the board and district leadership express our deepest collective gratitude to the district's teachers and frontline staff who continue to maintain a laser-like focus on the needs of our Monroe students. Our community's students and their education and care are our organization's purpose and our highest priority.


Sincerely,

Jennifer Bumpus
MSD School Board President