Mesa Public Schools Superintendent Resigns

By Al Macias
Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 2:25pm
Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 2:26pm
Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools
Ember Conley.

The superintendent of the state’s largest school district has resigned. The Mesa Public Schools board accepted the resignation of Ember Conley on Monday night. Her resignation comes two weeks after the board placed her on administrative leave.

Conley was halfway through her three-year contract when the board placed her on paid leave with no public explanation for the action.

Meanwhile, a former school board president has asked the Arizona attorney general to investigate Conley’s awarding staff bonuses higher than approved amounts.

According to media reports, if the board had fired Conley, it would have cost the district hundreds of thousands of dollars in payouts under terms of her contract.

No word on whether the board and Conley reached a financial settlement. The district has still not explained why Conley was placed on administrative leave.

Pete Lesar has been appointed to serve as the interim superintendent. He had retired from the district in July after a 32-year career with the district serving in roles from teacher to assistant superintendent.