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East Valley Institute Of Technology Superintendent Steps Down

The superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) will resign as part of a separation agreement approved by the district’s governing board Monday.

Sally Downey had led the EVIT district for almost two decades.

 “Over the past 10 years I’ve experienced a culture at EVIT that’s been led by fear and one where respect often didn’t matter,” said Kim Foulger,  one of several teachers who spoke at a Monday’s meeting.

The school offers career and technical education for high school students.

The district governing board hired a lawyer to conduct an investigation in January. The resulting report turned up problems with procurement, open meeting law and other financial practices.

The Arizona Republic has reported extensivelyon the strain between EVIT and Mesa Public Schools. Listen to an interview about the story on The Show here.

The district will pay out Downey’s salary through February 2020, $157,177.73,  as well as accrued sick and vacation time.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.