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Board takes no action on Adams

After meeting in closed session for just over two hours on Monday morning, the Detroit Lakes School Board took no action with regard to an ongoing assault investigation against Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams.

"There's nothing to warrant disciplinary action (against Adams) at this time," said School Board Chairman Dr. Tom Seaworth on Monday afternoon. "We will continue to view information as it becomes available, and review it with legal counsel."

Seaworth declined to comment further on the details of the board meeting -- which was closed to the public due to data privacy considerations -- other than to say that the board had engaged in a "pretty thorough discussion of the issues" regarding the incident and subsequent investigation.

Adams, who did not return phone calls placed to his office on Monday or Tuesday, has come under scrutiny recently as the result of an assault incident late last month involving himself and Mark Rothschadl of rural Ogema.

The incident is under investigation by the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Adams and Rothschadl had filed mutual assault claims against each other as a result of the Sept. 9 incident at Rothschadl's farm.

Though Becker County Attorney Joseph Evans had initially determined that there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges being filed against either man, new information was presented to the sheriff's department earlier this week, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.

"Officially, the case was never closed," Gordon said late last week. "We're actively researching new information -- information that was brought up after the fact. It would be remiss on my part not to have investigators assigned to follow up on these details."

Evans said his office would reconsider the case based upon the new evidence presented.

Adams became the superintendent of Detroit Lakes Public Schools on July 1. Previously, he had been working as superintendent of Deer River Public Schools, and came highly recommended when the board interviewed him for the position in May, Seaworth said last week.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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