Two teachers receiving full pay on current leave

The Marshalltown Community School District is paying two teachers on administrative leave for the entire school year.

Mike Haigh from the high school and Janine Miller from the middle school have resigned effective June 30, 2014. Both have been receiving their full salaries since being placed on leave and will continue to do so until June 30. The district is not required to disclose why they are on paid leave, only that it is due to a personnel issues.

Miller, a language arts teacher, has been on leave since Oct. 2012 and continues to receive her annual salary of $65,003.

Haigh, a science teacher, has been on paid leave since Aug. 2013, continuing to receive his $60,197 annual salary.

Miller’s resignation was approved by the Marshalltown School Board after a special closed session meeting to deal with a personnel issue last month and Haigh’s resignation was approved Monday by the school board during a regular meeting.

Lisa Koester, director of human resources with the district, said the two are not related instances.

D.T. Magee, executive director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, does not know anything on the specific cases in Marshalltown, but said school districts in general have polices in place regarding the discipline of an employee.

“Part of that disciplinary process can be suspension with or without pay,” Magee said.

Magee said he has heard of paid leaves that last more than one year. He said other factors could be involved with the leave that could affect its length, such as the protection of staff members, injury, criminal charges or to prevent inappropriate behavior. School districts have the right to keep these reasons confidential, he said.

“Sometimes it’s hard to know what it might be,” Magee said.

A phone number listed for Miller has been disconnected and Haigh did not return a message left for him by the Times-Republican.