Darling to remain on paid administrative leave

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By Phil Monson
Humboldt School Superintendent Greg Darling will finish out the school year on paid administrative leave.
In a special meeting of the board of education on Friday morning (Jan. 31), the board voted 3-0 to keep Darling on paid administrative leave through June 30, 2020, as per the terms of the agreement.
The vote came after the board met for 26 minutes in closed session. Board members present who voted for the continued leave include Kathy Yoakam, Suzanne Newton and president Tate Satern. Board members Kristi Clark and Bob Myott were not present.
Darling’s paid administrative leave began immediately after action by the board back in their Jan. 20 regular monthly meeting. At that time, Satern issued a statement that the action against Darling “does not involve allegations of misconduct against students, misappropriation of funds or any other illegal activity.”
In Friday’s meeting, Satern issued the following public statement after the board voted to continue the paid administrative leave.
“Following review of the initial stages of the investigation, the board, in consultation with Greg Darling, has determined to extend the administrative leave with pay for our superintendent, Greg Darling, through June 30, 2020, which is the date of his accepted early retirement and resignation. The board is dedicated to our children, parents, community, administration, teachers and staff in moving forward and providing our school district with exceptional leadership for generations to come. We will immediately begin the hiring process and anticipate having an interim superintendent in place very soon. We appreciate the community support and look forward to an amazing future for the Humboldt Community School District.”
Jeff Herzberg, an administrator with Prairie Lakes AEA, has been filling superintendent duties on a temporary basis. Satern said the district will move forward immediately in finding an interim school superintendent.
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