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Metro Schools administrator placed on leave following harassment complaints

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A Metro Schools administrator has been placed on administrative leave following several accusations of harassment toward female staff members.

The News 4 I-Team has obtained a letter that was originally sent to Dr. Moreno Carrasco, who was appointed Executive Officer for Priority Schools by Dr. Shawn Joseph on July 1, 2016.

Carrasco previously worked for Montgomery County Schools in Maryland.

The letter states the administrative leave is not a form of disciplinary action but for the purpose of the investigation.

A spokeswoman for MNPS did not elaborate on how many complaints had been filed.

"It is important that any person(s) with information has time to come forward," Metro Schools spokeswoman Michelle Michaud wrote in an e-mail. "Therefore, until the investigation is complete, we will not be able to give you an exact number as it may or may not change."

Metro Schools also released the following statement:

Metro Schools Human Resources Office received a complaint regarding interactions between Mr. Carrasco and a staff member.  We take all such complaints seriously and immediately investigate.  He is on leave until an investigation into the allegations has been completed.

Carrasco’s personnel file shows he signed off on Metro Schools’ sexual harassment policy as part of his employment.

According to his personnel file, Carrasco was temporarily reassigned positions on Jan. 11, 2017, from executive officer of organizational development to special projects liaison because he did not fulfill the requirements to secure the appropriate Tennessee administrative educator license.

As a result, Carrasco’s salary was reduced. He was reinstated to his original position and salary when he obtained the license on Feb. 24.

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