After being put on administrative leave, leader resigns citing health issues

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Gresham High School principal Mike Schaefer resigned Friday. The school is in the middle of a major remodel. Here Schaefer poses with construction equipment. After three days on administrative leave, Michael Schaefer, principal of Gresham High School, resigned Friday.

"Mr. Schaefer has resigned his position at Gresham High School effective immediately," said James Hiu, deputy superintendent of the Gresham-Barlow School District.

Hiu said Schaefer cited undisclosed health reasons in his letter of resignation.

Schaefer was put on administrative on Tuesday, March 5, according to a communication sent to staff and families.

Schaefer did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

"The matter is not student or staff related," the Tuesday, March 5, notice to parents and staff said.

Hiu said the district would provide administrative support to the 1,400-student high school to minimize disruptions to the education of students and the daily operation of the building. The district, he added, will soon begin looking for a replacement.

Schaefer is absent as Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main Ave., is in the middle of a major construction project. About 70 percent of the school will be demolished and rebuilt in three phases throughout several years.

Hiu confirmed that Schaefer was put on leave last year for about two weeks while the district investigated an allegation determined to be unfounded.

Schaefer has served as Gresham High principal since 2016. Prior to that he was assistant principal at Barlow High School for about four years.

He began his career as an educator in 2002 at Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass, where he rose to the assistant principal position.

Prior to his career in education, Schaefer was a commodities trader and manager of a lumber distribution company. He attended Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., where he majored in French and business.

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