Ex-vice principal reacts to resignation at Wash. school
“I think it’s a shame that Eastside Catholic has lost another administrator,” Zmuda said Wednesday.
In a statement released Tuesday, Eastside Catholic said Tracy’s decision “was a difficult but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is on a positive path forward.”
Zmuda acknowledged that families at the school have been unhappy since his departure.
“The school has been in some transition, and they want some more stability,” he said. “They would like some strong leadership to kinda help move the school forward.”
Students staged protests at the school and the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle in support of Zmuda. They also had a change.org petition that has 35,000 signatures.
“I would love to have my job back at Eastside Catholic,” Zmuda said. “I think that a lot of the students have stood up for me for this one particular reason and if they did decide to offer me my position back, I would definitely go back and work at Eastside Catholic.”
Zmuda is in the early stages of planning a foundation to be called Stand With Mr. Z. Foundation.
“We are just trying to stand up for what we believe in,” he said. “A lot of people have stood up for me and so now it’s time for me, and hopefully this foundation, to stand up for others. … We want to focus on tolerance; we want to focus on equal rights … whether it is religious or LGBTQ rights. We just want to stand up and possibly even stand up for change.”
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