According to Tennessean, a Nashville schools administrator under investigation for harassment by the district announced his resignation on Friday, adding that he would also retire from education entirely. He was part the team which transferred corruption in Tennessee. We covered their story here previously.
Moreno Carrasco, Metro Nashville Public Schools executive officer of organizational development, said the allegations against him were unfounded, but the investigation had drained him.
“It has been very hard for me,” Carrasco said in a telephone interview in which he also confirmed he would be retiring. “This has been the hardest challenge of my life. I stand by my innocence. I did not do anything wrong.”
Carrasco has worked in education for 34 years. He earned $155,000 at Metro Schools.
The district placed Carrasco on administrative leave on Nov. 16 following allegations he harassed female employees. In the letter sent to him by the district’s human resources office about the accusations, it said the leave was procedural.
“Please know that this period of administrative leave is not a form of disciplinary action, it is just for the purpose of the investigation,” Scott Lindsey, executive director of employee relations, said in the letter.
The district will continue its investigation until the process is concluded, district spokeswoman Michelle Michaud said.
Carrasco, in the interview, questioned the investigation, calling the process flawed.
“I am concerned that I was setup in a way where I couldn’t defend myself,” he said.
He said he has no interest in fighting the district legally.
“I have no interest in fighting this because it would be painful for everyone and it would be disruptive to the district,” he said. “I don’t think it is necessary to fight this. I only regret that I end my career with false a allegation.”
A statement from the district at the time said it takes all such complaints seriously and immediately began an investigation.
Carrasco’s position is overseen by the Human Resources chief, but he was hired in July 2016 as the district’s priority schools officer.
He was one of several Metro Nashville Public Schools administrators that the state flagged earlier this year for not obtaining his Tennessee administrative license upon his move from Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. He had since received an administrative license.