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By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Lisa Stroh resigns from Petersburg post

Former Valdez superintendent on administrative leave


Valdez Star file photo

Ex-superintendent Lisa Stroh during happier days as a Buccaneer.

Lisa Stroh, the former superintendent of Valdez City Schools, has left her post in Petersburg before finishing her first year at the job.

Stroh, who left her position as superintendent of Valdez City Schools under a cloud of controversy before the end of the 2014 school year, has been granted administrative leave by the board of education in Petersburg.

The Petersburg Pilot reports that school district officials cited a family emergency as the reason she was not returning to the job after she had requested administrative leave in mid-December from the Petersburg board of education.

Pilot reporter Kyle Clayton reported in a series of articles that Stroh's early departure left a number unanswered questions in its wake.

Clayton's first article regarding Stroh's leave said the Petersburg Pilot published a letter to the editor in early January authored by student leaders urging the district to "Keep Stroh" and "cited rumors that Stroh was being fired."

In a later story, Clayton wrote that Stroh's resignation and settlement "grants her administrative leave with pay and benefits through June 30, 2015."

The Pilot reported that the administrative pay with benefits was a stipulation in Stroh's contract with the Petersburg School District.

Stroh's annual starting annual salary was $122,720.

Valdez Star file photo

Lisa Stroh, left, former superintendent of Valdez City Schools said she did not see eye to eye with the board of education when she resigned before the end of her contract in 2014.

Stroh narrowly avoided being placed on an involuntary administrative leave by the Valdez board of education in late March of 2014. The board split the vote 3-3 after a surprise motion was made by board member Alan Sorum to put Stroh on leave immediately, citing a deep acrimony that has developed between Stroh and a number of district employees and the board of education.

She later left her job in Valdez eight months into her first year after being hired by the Petersburg School District.

Stroh's brief tenure in Valdez was polarizing and was rocked by a high number of high profile resignations in the district, raucous school board meetings and public accusations that she played favorites and presented a harsh management style.

Stroh did not return phone calls seeking comments on her most recent resignation.


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