MVHS teacher awaiting plea date may not be receiving paycheck

The Mountain View High School teacher who pleaded not guilty earlier this month to one felony count of sending harmful material to a minor may no longer be receiving a paycheck.

When police arrested 48-year-old Evan Smith in November, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District placed him on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. Now that the math teacher’s plea date is scheduled, the Town Crier reached out to the district’s communications manager, Cynthia Greaves, to find out if it would change his pay status.

When asked if Smith was still being paid, Greaves said she could not “discuss the confidential personnel matter.” However, she did point out that board trustees made a decision on an employee’s leave of absence at their Jan. 8 meeting.

Minutes from the meeting revealed that the board voted unanimously “in favor of placing a certificated employee on a mandatory leave of absence.”¬†Greaves clarified that this meant the individual would not be paid.

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