PARADISE VALLEY, AZ — The Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board Monday unanimously accepted Superintendent Dr. Jesse Welsh’s resignation and release agreement, and approved Dr. James P. Lee as acting superintendent pending a contract agreement.
Lee retired on June 30, 2019 after serving as superintendent for 10 years.
Monday’s decision comes after ABC15 confirmed that Dr. Welsh, and his family, have been the targets of harassment and threatening behavior both at their home and their childrens’ school.
“It’s one thing to take to a governing board meeting in the form that’s given to them, it’s another to hunt somebody down at their home,” Mandy Howe, PVUSD teacher
Tensions in the community have been high since the district switched all students back to remote learning on November 23, amid concerns over rising coronavirus numbers.
The district has not said why Dr. Welsh resigned.
“I get both sides–[my student] does better personally in school, but if the safety isn’t there I don’t want him or any of his teachers –who’ve been so important to us –to get sick,” said parent Leslie Laluna McManis
Dr. Welsh told ABC15 over the weekend he could not comment on Monday’s meeting.