Manhattan School District officials are a step away from making a recommendation about the fate of Manhattan Elementary School teacher Adam Priquette.
Priquette was placed on administrative leave with pay in May, and school officials have declined to say why the fourth-grade teacher is no longer in the classroom.
An investigation has been completed by the Montana School Boards Association, Superintendent Jim Notaro said Monday. Notaro declined to discuss the results of the investigation.
Manhattan Police Chief Dennis Hengel said his department also is investigating the matter, but would not comment on the case.
“It is still an open investigation,” he said Monday.
The school’s investigation was finished two weeks ago, Notaro said. The issue was brought up during the Manhattan School Board meeting last week, and Notaro told trustees a recommendation would be available last week. Notaro said the recommendation to trustees was put off until after he met with Priquette, which happened last week.
“I met with the teacher and we went through some things and, hopefully, we will be bringing this thing to a conclusion shortly,” he said.
Notaro declined to talk about the specifics of the meeting with Priquette or the details of the investigative report. He said neither the board nor Priquette have seen the report.
Board Chair Rob Brownell said trustees will not read the report unless the issue lands in court or turns into a formal hearing.
“That way, the board can stay impartial, the way it needs to be and has to happen,” he said. “We’re in limbo mode until we hear the superintendent’s recommendation.”
Priquette did not respond to calls seeking comment for this story Monday.