Linwood Elementary principal resigns

School district confirms complaints, investigation of Roche Martin



Clint Riese
News Editor

Former Linwood Elementary Principal Roche Martin is no longer with Independent School District 831. His resignation agreement was before the Forest Lake School Board Dec. 19 and ISD 831 Communications Coordinator Ross Bennett last week confirmed Martin’s departure.

Martin had been on leave since Sept. 25. Officials, citing data practices law, did not disclose the nature of the leave at the time. However, Bennett confirmed the existence of complaints against Martin and said the district conducted an investigation. The investigation did not lead to immediate discipline, according to Bennett.

Acting Human Resources Director Ron Spies declined to address the situation during a 15-day period in which Martin could rescind his resignation. That period ends Friday.

Reached Dec. 26, Linwood Elementary PTA President Chris Wert said he had no knowledge of Martin’s resignation. Wert said neither the PTA nor Linwood Elementary parents as a whole were updated on the nature of the leave or the timeframe for Martin’s return.

The school district initially moved Nancy Rosman from Columbus Elementary to Linwood to fill in for Martin. Last month, it moved Rosman back to her special education role in Columbus and made Jim Caldwell the acting principal in Linwood. Caldwell is an assistant principal at the high school.

The school district hired Martin in July 2005. His salary for this school year was to be $108,178.

  • Are we going to learn the truth? Is there a criminal investigation? Did you check with the county sheriff to see if any criminal charges have been made or are being considered? Simply letting the school district hide from bad news is unacceptable!

    • criese

      Thanks for the good question, Eric. Yes, I did check. Nothing has taken place or is being considered on the criminal front.

      • Tomorrow is day 15 so I look forward to hearing the districts answer!