LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King will remain on medical leave until after the new year
Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | October 24, 2017
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LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King will remain on medical leave until after the new year, she told employees Tuesday.
King, who has been away from the district since last month, has appointed Vivian Ekchian as acting superintendent in her absence. Previously, it was unclear when she would return. King sent a letter to employees Tuesday updating them that she did not expect to return until the new year.
“As I continue to recover from my medical procedure, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for your countless well wishes and unwavering support,” she wrote. “To keep you updated, I anticipate returning to the office after the first of the year.
“The Acting Superintendent, Ms. Vivian Ekchian, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations during this period. I am very grateful for her leadership and commitment to providing ongoing stability in our district.”
Ekchian has attended school board meetings and other functions on behalf of King.
The Los Angeles Times reported that King injured herself while she was on vacation with her family and required surgery. District spokeswoman Shannon Haber said she does not know the nature of the injury. King’s last day in the office was Sept. 15.
“We wish her light and speedy recovery,” school board President Mónica García said.