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Bob Gearheart

C.S. Porter Middle School Assistant Principal Bob Gearheart has resigned. 

The assistant principal at C.S. Porter Middle School will retire from Missoula County Public Schools this year, the district announced Thursday.

Bob Gearheart was placed on administrative leave last month. The district declined to comment on the reasons why he was placed on leave, saying only that it planned an investigation into matters it couldn’t discuss.

“He’s going to retire effective Dec. 31, 2014,” MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle said Thursday evening. “This is what he’s decided to do.”

Gearheart formerly served as the principal at Washington Middle School. But in 2010, Apostle reassigned Gearheart to the assistant principal’s job at C.S. Porter amid a districtwide shakeup.

For reasons undisclosed, Gearheart becomes the third MCPS administrator who has been placed on administrative leave this year. The district hasn’t said why the three administrators were placed on leave, though it did take separate actions against each employee.

In September, Sentinel High School Principal Tom Blakely and Assistant Principal Libby Oliver were placed on administrative leave. Two weeks later, Oliver was reassigned to Hellgate High School as assistant principal.

Blakely, however, resigned. His settlement agreement with MCPS required that he retire at the conclusion of the school year, which ends in June. In return, he was offered the balance of his contract, an amount of $90,473.

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Outside MCPS, another Missoula school administrator was also recently removed from his job.

In early November, Target Range School Principal Luke Laslovich was placed on administrative leave by that district. Superintendent Cory Austin described it as a personnel issue, avoiding any further explanation.

Laslovich ultimately resigned and will continue receiving salary and benefits through the end of the school year in 2015.

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