Superintendent with ties to Mid-Michigan resigns after 'inappropriate' relationship

Source Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce

Source Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce

- The Clarkston school district sent a letter to parents that said the school's superintendent resigned following an inappropriate relationship with a recent high school graduate. He told the board that the relationship started as friendship and became inappropriate only after the now 19-year-old graduated from the school.

Rock thought the nature of the relationship compromised his ability to serve as superintendent, the letter states.

"This is hard and deeply troubling news, and we wish to reassure the Clarkston community that student safety and well-being is, and will remain, our top priority", a statement from Clarkston Community Schools School Board President Elizabeth Egan said.

'The immediate focus of Clarkston Community Schools is to support the young woman involved. He has worked in Clarkson schools for 22 years and has been deputy superintendent for the past seven.

We are confident that Mr. Ryan will work diligently in the weeks and months ahead to restore the trust of our students, parents, faculty and community.

Clarkston Community Schools enrolls approximately 7,600 students in Oakland County.

MLive reported that Rock has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

Rock was hired as superintendent at Clarkston Schools in 2010, and in the 2017-18 school year, he had a base salary of $150,000, according to the district's financial disclosures.

Ryan and members of the board of education will work to answer parent questions in the coming weeks.

During a special board meeting last night, the Board accepted Dr.

The district's statement is available to read in full at clarkston.k12.mi.us. He was also an elementary school teacher, coach and principal in the Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools prior to his position in Clarkston.

Our staff and board were unaware of the situation and never observed a lack of commitment or leadership on behalf of the Clarkston Chamber by Dr.

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