EVIT Governing Board Statement
Posted on 01/18/2019

NOTE: Updated on Jan. 22, 2019 to clarify vote.

At a public meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, the governing board for the East Valley Institute of Technology voted unanimously to place EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey on paid administrative leave and voted 7-2 to place principals Craig Pearson and Mark Yockus on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Board members Carolyn Crandell and Robert Covington voted against placing the principals on leave.


The board issued the following statement:


“In light of ongoing investigations and information that we have, the board feels this action is in the best interest of the school district in order to ensure full transparency with the offices of the auditor and attorney general. We also intend to begin an internal investigation to be conducted by the Gust Rosenfeld law firm.”


The board appointed Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chad Wilson to serve as Interim Superintendent overseeing the day to day operation of EVIT.


There will be no further statements from EVIT at this time regarding this investigation.

EVIT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation in its programs or activities. CTE program offerings include: Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications; Auto & Transportation Services; Construction Technologies; Culinary Arts & Hospitality; Education; Engineering; Health Sciences; Human Services; Information Technology; Manufacturing Trades; and Public Safety. For a full listing of programs, go to evit.com/programs. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in EVIT CTE programs. The following employees have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Title IX/Title VII/EEOC Coordinator, EVIT Superintendent, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201 or call (480) 461-4000, or by email at superintendent@evit.com; Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Tony Niccum, STEPS, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201, or call (480) 461-4154 or by email tniccum@evit.com

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