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Sarasota County Schools Chief Operating Officer Placed on Administrative Leave

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 18, 2019 – Sarasota County Schools Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Maultsby, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the external investigation of allegations made against him earlier this spring. Recently, subsequent allegations have come to light which are different than the initial complaint. Given the extent of these new allegations, Superintendent Todd Bowden made the decision to place Mr. Maultsby on administrative leave.

On June 4, the School Board approved Sproat Workplace Investigations to conduct a background investigation of the initial complaint made against Mr. Maultsby. The firm will also investigate the way in which the Superintendent and human resources department initially handled the internal investigation. It is estimated that it will take several weeks for the investigation to conclude.

“Based on the severity of the new allegations and the extended timeline to conclude the investigation, it has become apparent that the school district should place Mr. Maultsby on administrative leave,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Mr. Maultsby will be removed from the workplace effective immediately until the investigation is complete.”

Prior to the administrative leave, Mr. Maultsby moved offices to avoid contact with the complainant. The complainant remains in their office space. Due to the nature of these allegations, Florida law prohibits the school district from disclosing additional information at this time.  

The Superintendent put forth a motion during this afternoon’s School Board meeting for Jody Dumas, executive director of Facilities, Planning and Construction, to serve as the acting chief operating officer until the investigation is concluded.


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