The School Board has stated the investigation, conducted by an outside third-party investigator, is expected to be concluded in the next several weeks
On Tuesday (Dec. 7), the Evergreen School Board of Directors placed Superintendent Mike Merlino on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an investigation. The School Board of Directors, led by President Victoria Bradford, will retain oversight of the district.
Merlino was appointed interim superintendent following the resignation of John Steach, and then superintendent, in the Spring of 2019. He first joined the district in 2000.
The School Board has stated the investigation, conducted by an outside third-party investigator, is expected to be concluded in the next several weeks. However, they also indicated that thoroughness, rather than expediency, is the priority. No other information about the investigation will be released at this time.
Merlino has worked in public education for more than 30 years. His career in public education started in 1988 at Educational Service District 112 where he worked in various capacities including creating and overseeing the regional Business Services cooperative and as Assistant Fiscal Officer. In 2000, he moved to Evergreen serving as director of Budget and Operations, then chief financial officer, and then as chief operating officer.
Information provided by Evergreen School District.