Perryton ISD’s superintendent and assistant superintendent have taken leaves of absence after a sexual harassment complaint was made against them.
Superintendent Robert Hall and Assistant Superintendent Keith Langfitt took paid leave Tuesday afternoon after the district received a complaint early last week, district spokesman Darin Clark said.
The district’s board of trustees will meet to consider naming an acting superintendent at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“We need to name an acting superintendent to conduct day-to-day businesses and to make sure that everything continues to run smoothly,” Board President Monty Kinnard told radio host Chris Sample on KXDJ on Wednesday morning.
The absences of Hall and Langfitt came before a closed-door meeting of the board that lasted more than two hours about the harassment claim, which Kinnard previously said he received from a district employee.
The district has retained an independent investigator to look into the complaint.
The board in a statement on Tuesday said it “had to digest a mountain of information” that was uncovered.
“The district, through its legal counsel, conducted a very thorough and unbiased investigation into the complaints asserted against Mr. Hall and Mr. Langfitt. We are still considering our best option,” the board said.
“ln light of the fact that Mr. Hall and Mr. Langfitt have elected to take leave, it is not necessary for the board to take any action at this time.”
Few details about the complaint have been released to the public, which Kinnard said was because of a need to protect privacy and avoid hindering the investigation.
Hall and Langfitt had first publicly been identified as the subjects of a complaint in the text of a public board of trustees meeting agenda released last week.
Hall was hired as principal at Edwin F. Williams Intermediate School in 2006 and became superintendent in 2010. Langfitt was hired as assistant superintendent in 2010.
Clark said Wednesday that neither Hall nor Langfitt had been terminated or submitted resignations.
“They are on paid personal leave,” he said. “These are days they have accumulated and are entitled to just like any other employee.”
Hall has a $132,500 annual salary and Langfitt has a $94,200 salary.
Perryton ISD, 120 miles northwest of Amarillo, enrolled 2,330 students last school year.