An administrator with Metro Nashville Public Schools has been put on paid administrative pending an investigation into charges of sexual harassment.
Moreno Carrasco, executive officer for priority schools, received a letter from employee relations last week citing “accusations of harassment committed by you towards female staff members at MNPS.”
The letter noted that “this period of administrative leave is not a form of disciplinary action, it is just for the purpose of investigation.”
Carrasco was tapped by Superintendent Shawn Joseph in summer 2016 to lead efforts to turn around the district’s lowest-performing schools. Joseph had recently been named superintendent and knew Carrasco from when they both worked in Maryland.
Carrasco held positions in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland as a central office administrator and school principal. In 2007, he won the Met Life High School Principal of the Year award for Maryland, given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
In a Metro Nashville Public Schools newsletter at the time Carrasco was hired, Joseph called Carrasco “one of the strongest school leaders I have worked with.”
“He can be a coach, a strategist and a mentor, which is exactly what our highest priority schools need,” Joseph said. “He learned firsthand what it takes to bring real change and improvement to a school, and he uses that knowledge to develop talents in others.”
Joseph was hired by the Metro Nashville school board in May 2016. Previously, he was the head of teaching and learning in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and had held positions in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools.