SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- The East Valley School District parted ways with Superintendent John Glenewinkel Friday night.
The board said it is a mutual decision while others said it is not as simple as that.
The problems for Glenewinkel started about 3 years ago when the district decided to close their middle schools and institute a kindergarten through eighth grade model. This led to community outcry and three new board members being elected this past year.
“He's asked that we are able to present him a severance package and see if we can have an amicable parting of ways,” said East Valley School Board Chairman Mike Novakovich.
The board had a meeting Friday night to discuss Glenwinkel’s decision to resign. Sources close to the situation said he was given an ultimatum to resign or be fired.
Glenewinkel was not present for the meeting. He said the decision to consolidate elementary and middle schools in the district weighed heavily in his decision to resign. He also said the inability to work cohesively with new board members helped him make his decision.
The terms of the severance package were not disclosed at the meeting but they will be made public by March.
The district will now search for a new superintendent. Assistant Superintendent Tom Gresh will take over until the position is filled.