- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Officials say the superintendent of a Native American tribal school south of Seattle has gone on paid administrative leave.

The News Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/LeSDa2 ) Amy Eveskcige has been on leave from Chief Leschi Schools since Tuesday.

The school, which enrolls over 650 students from preschool through high school, is operated by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

Tribal spokesman John Weymer says the move was approved by the school board and that it was granted for “personal reasons.” He didn’t know how long the leave would be.

Eveskcige came to the school in 2015 from Tacoma Public Schools and is the first Puyallup tribal member to head the school. Since then, there have been staff layoffs and student protests and a new policy that tightened enrollment criteria, angering some parents.

High school administrator Thomas Caudle is acting as interim superintendent.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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