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Mesa Public Schools votes to place superintendent on leave

Posted at 8:58 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 22:58:46-05

The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board held a special meeting Monday morning to place Superintendent Dr. Ember Conley on paid administrative leave.

Conley has only been with the district since 2018, after resigning from a job in Park City, Utah.

The board has authorized the start of a search for a replacement for the position, and terms of Conley's departure are being finalized now.

Money from the school’s budget is expected to be used to pay upwards of $250,000 in severance as well as the rest of Conley’s three-year contract, and any costs associated with finding a new superintendent.

Details on what led to the move have not been released, although some have criticized Conley over changes made to special education programs and relocating students.

According to a statement released by the school district, no reason was given for Dr. Conley's leave.

Deputy superintendent Dr. Andi Fourlis will handle superintendant duties until an interim superintendent is named.