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Fired Fall River superintendent files notice of claim against district

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Former Fall River Schools Superintendent Michael Garrow, who was fired in September, has filed a notice of claim against the district, claiming more than $14,000 in damages.

The notice of claim was filed in October and the board is expected to act on it at its meeting Wednesday evening. A notice of claim is filed as a precursor to a lawsuit.

According to the notice, Garrow's contract said he only could be fired for, "material breach of the (employment) contract or misconduct."

The claim says that the termination was not for misconduct or material breach of the contract, and that Garrow sustained damages of $14,413.14.

The notice of claim asks for relief to be determined by a jury.

Garrow was terminated by the board on Sept. 5, however the board never publicly explained the reason for his dismissal.

According to the school district, it all stemmed from something that happened outside of the district.

Beyond that, school officials from the 500-student district are tight lipped on the circumstances that led up to this firing.

However in January, Garrow surrendered his educator licenses after a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction investigation into accusations that he allegedly inappropriately touched a student he coached in another school district.

State documents show in August, DPI officials moved to revoke Garrow's licenses, maintaining he had committed immoral conduct. The records state he inappropriately touched a twelfth grade student from Jefferson High School.

In the agreement with DPI that led to Garrow surrendering his licenses, and that Garrow "…continues to deny all allegations."

Documents say the girl's high school team spent the night at Garrow's Sun Prairie home in February 2018. Records state during that evening, "(Garrow's) hand moved underneath (student's) shirt and he touched her bare skin. " The documents say the student tried to stop Garrow's actions.

According to the records, as a result of the allegations, in May 2018, Jefferson School District Superintendent Mark Rollefson banned Garrow from his volunteer coaching position, and also banned Garrow from contact with students in the Jefferson district.

The Sun Prairie Police Department is now investigating the incident, after a 27 News report prompted Jefferson Police to take another look at the accusations and forward their report onto Sun Prairie.

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