With a new board makeup elected last November, a controversial K-8 model still in its infancy and a troubled history – including yet another bond request voted down in 2013 – it seems the only surprises in the East Valley School District these days are no surprises.
On top of it all, the district now must find a new superintendent.
Last Friday, the board voted 4-1 to OK a mutual agreement with Superintendent John Glenewinkel that will release him from his existing contract. By that same vote, the board also agreed to put Assistant Superintendent Tom Gresh in charge as an interim boss until a new top administrator is found.
The board action took place at 5:30 p.m. at the start of a holiday weekend. EVSD is on mid-winter break this week and will reopen on Monday.
Glenewinkel, while having the support of the previous board of directors, had often found himself at odds with a large section of the East Valley constituency – especially after the decision three years ago to close the middle schools in a cost-savings move. Students have since transitioned over to a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade structure that has been criticized by many and praised by others.
Still, the electorate voted in three new board members in the last general election that promised to revisit the K-8 model.
Board members have scheduled information-gathering meetings for 5:30 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings will be held in the board room at the administration center, 12325 E. Grace.
For more information, visit evsd.org or call 924-1830.