School administrator ousted over gay marriage in line for Mercer Island H.S. job
MERCER ISLAND — Mark Zmuda, the former Eastside Catholic High School vice principal who was forced out last year after marrying his gay partner, is being recommended as the new Mercer Island High School associate principal, the Mercer Island School District said Friday.
Zmuda said, he was fired from Eastside Catholic High in Sammamish because he got married and the school told him the only way to keep his job was to divorce his partner. At the time, a school spokesman said his same-sex marriage was in violation of Catholic church policy.
On Friday, the Mercer Island School District said on its website that school Superintendent Gary Plano will recommend to the school board that Mark Zmuda be confirmed as the new Mercer Island High School associate principal, to begin on July 1.
Zmuda was selected from a field of more than 60 applicants following a lengthy interview process involving students, parents and staff, the district said. The hiring replaces the position held by Craig Olson who left the district in January.