Brunswick school principal’s arrest prompts probe

Posted July 02, 2011, at 5:20 a.m.

BRUNSWICK — Greg Scott, a longtime Brunswick School Department principal, was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday pending an internal investigation of an incident Tuesday in Freeport that culminated in his arrest by Freeport police.

Scott allegedly became involved in a verbal — then physical — altercation with two Freeport police officers Tuesday. The officers went to Scott’s Freeport home to discuss his actions earlier in the day at the town’s transfer station.

A Freeport public works crew reported that Scott left items at the town recycling center on Hedgehog Road when the center was closed. Typically, disposal of some of those types of items would require payment of a fee, a Freeport police spokeswoman said.

After the incident at his home, police arrested Scott and charged him with criminal trespass, theft of services, assault and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

Paul Perzanoski, superintendent for the Brunswick School Department, confirmed Wednesday that the Greg Scott arrested by Freeport police Tuesday is a principal for the department, and that he planned to meet with Scott on Thursday.

After Thursday’s meeting, Perzanoski told The Times Record that Scott has been placed on administrative leave and said the School Department is required to conduct an internal investigation into the circumstances that resulted in Scott’s arrest.

The School Department will continue to pay Scott during the investigation, initially. Perzanoski characterized the matter as a personnel issue, which makes information related to the School Department inquiry confidential.

Asked if the School Department has a policy for dealing with the arrest of administrators, Perzanoski said he is not aware of any such policy. The School Department consulted with its attorney on how to proceed, he said, and will adhere to all applicable state statutes.

Scott served a lengthy tenure as principal at Longfellow Elementary School, which closed at the end of the 2010-11 academic year. He is scheduled to take over as principal at Coffin Elementary School for the 2011-12 academic year. Perzanoski said Scott has been a principal in Brunswick for more than 20 years.

Phone calls seeking comment from Scott were not returned by press time.

Corinne Perreault, chairwoman of the Brunswick School Board, declined to comment, citing the need to keep personnel matters confidential.

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