Mesa Public Schools board approves superintendent's resignation, appoints interim superintendent

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)

The Mesa Public Schools governing board voted Dec. 2 to approve Ember Conley's resignation as superintendent of the district and appointed an interim superintendent to lead the largest district in the state.

Conley, who became superintendent in March 2018, was placed on nondisciplinary administrative leave Nov. 22. The vote to accept Conley's resignation was unanimous, but member Kiana Sears said she did not agree with the financial provision in the agreement, but Sears still voted to accept the resignation. The separation agreement was not immediately available.

The board also unanimously approved the appointment of Pete Lesar, a retired Mesa assistant superintendent, as interim superintendent.

The two votes came after a three-hour session that was closed to the public.

"The district is looking forward to getting information out—accurate information," board president Elaine Miner said during the meeting. "We've had a rough couple of weeks, we recognize that and we are anxious to get out, to communicate and educate our community, our employees—anyone in the district who is interested in what is really going on in the district. We are excited about that. We look forward to moving forward."


Board members did not offer any additional information as to the reason behind the superintendent's resignation.

"We believe we are doing what is right for our district," Miner said.
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