Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker has taken a leave of absence, a district spokeswoman confirmed through a prepared statement from the district.
“Superintendent Thomas Tucker is currently on leave and visiting his ailing mother in Arkansas. No further information is available at this time,” the statement said.
The spokeswoman declined to clarify when Tucker’s leave began and what type of leave he is on — whether it's an administrative leave, personal leave, or another form of absence — when asked for further comment.
It is unclear who is acting superintendent in his absence. School board President David Ray could not be reached for comment.
District leaders currently are dealing with the challenges of the early weeks of a new school year amid the COVID-19 epidemic. The district has been offering a "hybrid" learning program mixing in-person and online instruction. During just the first full week of instruction, 11 district schools were impacted by quarantines related to COVID-19, Colorado Community Media has reported.
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Tucker became superintendent in 2018, starting at an annual salary of $258,420. His contract with the district lasts through 2023. He previously served as the superintendent of Princeton City Schools in Cincinnati and has worked in education for more than 30 years.
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