Jay principal acquitted in boating death resigns his position

Roger Shane Carroll, 39, was reinstated as Jay Middle School principal effective Friday. Carroll promptly resigned, noting that is best for his family and the community.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: April 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm •  Published: April 13, 2013

— A Jay Middle School principal — suspended without pay for more than four months — was reinstated Thursday night and then promptly resigned.

Following an executive session, the Jay School Board announced Roger Shane Carroll would be reinstated as principal effective April 12, school attorney Karen Long said.

After his reinstatement Carroll resigned effective June 30, Long said.

“During that time, he will not perform any administrative duties,” Long said.

Carroll, 39, of Eucha, did not attend the board meeting. He has been with the school district for 16 years.

Carroll was suspended in December while facing criminal charges in the death of Monte Price, who died in a boating accident on Grand Lake last summer.

Carroll was acquitted March 28 in Delaware County District Court of charges of manslaughter and reckless operation of a vessel.

Long said Carroll's benefits will be reinstated and any accumulated sick days will be transferred to another school.

“I'm just glad that another chapter of this nightmare is behind us,” said Dan Price, Monte Price's father.

“His resignation is bittersweet,” said Winston Connor II, Carroll's attorney. “This case was life-changing for him.”

Carroll made the decision to move in a different direction vocationally because he feels this is best for his family and the community, Connor said.

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