To our staff:
On Tuesday night the Greater Albany Public Schools board of directors voted unanimously to place Superintendent Jim Golden on paid administrative leave while an outside attorney conducts an inquiry into allegations made against him.
It is important to note that the complaints do not relate to students and that the board’s action does not signify that the allegations have been verified. Rebekah Jacobson, a Salem attorney with extensive background in employment and school law, will conduct the inquiry and advise the board on next steps.
In the meantime, Assistant Superintendent Tonja Everest has been named acting superintendent. Everest has served as assistant superintendent, and is well-prepared to meet our students’ needs.
Because of personnel policies and legal considerations we cannot discuss the nature of the allegations. What we can say is that we are intent on a thorough inquiry into these complaints and a just resolution.
Please direct any questions or comments to Board Secretary Jim Haggart at 541-967-4511
Thank you for your continued support of Greater Albany Public Schools as we work our way through this process.
Board Chair Micah Smith