Replacements named for two Tukwila school administrators

Two experienced administrators have been named as interim replacements for two key administrators in the Tukwila School District who were placed on paid administrative leave.

Nina Melencio, former director of human resources, was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 26. She was replaced by Carole Burger, retired administrator for the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, who agreed to take over the position for the next four months.

Linda Sebring, former director of finance and operations for the district, was placed on paid leave on March 5. Sebring was replaced by Ron Ellis, who's done similar finance work for the Renton, Bellevue, Federal Way, and Snoqualmie Valley school districts for more than 30 years. He will fill the position until July.

Both Burger and Ellis were hired on in early March.

Mike Patterson, the school district's attorney, said talks are under way about whether Melencio and Sebring will return. The final decision will be left up to the superintendent and the School Board.

A reason for placing the two administrators on leave was not given in the letters informing them of the decision.

The letters state: "Placement on leave is not and should not be construed as disciplinary in any fashion."

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