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Salt Lake City Schools superintendent placed on administrative leave



Salt Lake City, Utah – Just over a year after he began the job, Salt Lake City School District superintendent Timothy Gadson III has been placed on paid administrative leave.

According to multiple sources, the district has asked for his resignation.

A district spokesperson would not release any information as to why Gadson was placed on leave.

In Feb. 2021, Gadson was appointed to the position and spent his first day on the job in Salt Lake City on July 1, 2021.

Throughout his tenure, he has been the subject of multiple complaints. The complaints ranged from inappropriate travel to favoritism, to inappropriate workplace behavior.

The district previously spent more than $60,000 to investigate Gadson. The district has refused to publicly release copies of the complaints or the results of that investigation because, as the district claims, there was no disciplinary action taken.

According to sources, Gadson was given verbal warnings at the time for his behavior.

He was previously the associate superintendent of high schools with Anoka-Hennepin Schools in Anoka, Minnesota, and became is the district’s first-ever Black superintendent.

The head of Utah’s chapter of the NAACP asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into alleged discrimination and harassment by the Salt Lake City School Board, as the Salt Lake Tribune reported last month.


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