Mesa Public Schools Board places superintendent on paid leave

Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Ember Conley. (Courtesy Mesa Public Schools)
Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Ember Conley. (Courtesy Mesa Public Schools)

Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Ember Conley. (Courtesy Mesa Public Schools)

In a special meeting held early Nov. 18, the Mesa Public Schools governing board voted unanimously to place Superintendent Ember Conley on paid, nondisciplinary administrative leave. No reasons were given for the employment action.

"Unfortunately, there's not much we can say," MPS board President Elaine Miner said during the brief meeting before the vote. "We would love to give you a lot of information, but we are unable to do that this morning."


The board also approved an item "designating authority to a board member to contact the trust and others regarding possible Interim Superintendent candidates, if necessary." Andi Fourlis, deputy superintendent, will carry out the duties of the superintendent until the board names an interim superintendent, according to a statement from the board.

Conley came to Mesa Public Schools in 2018 from Park City School District in Utah. Conley signed a three-year contract beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2021, according to district records. In 2018, Conley's salary was set at $225,000 with an additional $900 stipend per month.

"The Governing Board appreciates the service of Dr. Conley during her 18-month term as superintendent and wishes her well in future endeavors," read a statement from the board released Monday afternoon.
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