Roche Martin resigned Linwood Elementary post
Former Linwood Elementary Principal Roche Martin is done working for Independent School District 831, but he will continue to collect a paycheck until April 30, according to a separation agreement finalized Jan. 3.
Martin started his ninth year as principal last fall but went on leave Sept. 25. Following complaints, the district conducted an investigation of Martin. Because it did not lead to discipline, school district officials have declined to release the nature of the leave or investigation, citing data practice law.
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office has no record of a criminal charge or investigation of Martin.
Initially, Columbus Elementary special education teacher Nancy Rosman filled in for Martin. She was moved back to Columbus in December and high school Assistant Principal Jim Caldwell was named interim principal at Linwood Elementary.
The opening will be posted in March, said Communications Coordinator Ross Bennett, kicking off the standard search process. Following committee interviews with staff and school parents, Superintendent Linda Madsen will have the final say.
Under the separation agreement, the school district will also provide Martin a letter of reference.