Colony High School principal returns from leave

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

WASILLA (AP) -- Colony High School Principal Bill Harlow returned to work Monday after Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District officials concluded an investigation into child abuse reporting procedures at the school.

Harlow had been on paid administrative leave since April 12. The investigation followed the arrest of Colony High social studies teacher Seth Daniel Joslin, 34, on charges of sexually abusing a minor.

An Alaska State Trooper investigation revealed that a school janitor had witnessed suspicious behavior between the teacher and a student and reported it to Harlow, who did not take further action.

School superintendent Pat Chesbro said the investigation did not identify any direct violations of state law, professional teaching practices or district policies relating to mandatory child abuse reporting.

Harlow is to continue his employment as principal through the end of the year. But Superintendent Chesbro says Harlow has expressed interest in transferring to an administrative position not based within a school next year.

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