Mercer Island School District Superintendent Gary Plano will recommend to the School Board next week that Mark Zmuda be confirmed as the new Mercer Island High School associate principal effective July 1, the school district announced today.
Zmuda, 38, was fired from his position as vice principal of Eastside Catholic School in December 2013 after school officials learned he had married his male partner. The termination of Zmuda, a swim coach and vice principal of Eastside’s middle and high schools, was reported globally and triggered protests and rallies demanding his reinstatement. Eastside Catholic president and CEO Sister Mary Tracy, who fired Zmuda, resigned in January as a result of the backlash.
“Mark impressed me with his knowledge of best-instructional practices, his integrity and work ethic and his commitment to the success of all students,” Plano said in a news release.
Zmuda was selected from a field of more than 60 applicants, the school district said. He will replace Craig Olson, who left the district in January, and will assume the duties of athletic director in addition to his other assignments.