Another PPS official resigns amid lead scandal

Chief Operating Officer Tony Magliano was placed on leave June 2

Portland Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Tony Magliano defends the district's handling of the presence of lead in their water supply. (Jonathan House, Portland Tribune)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chief operating officer at Portland Public Schools has resigned after months on paid leave over a lead scandal that forced out the district’s superintendent.

The district found high lead levels at two schools in March but didn’t release the results until May, allowing students and staff to drink tainted water.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Chief Operating Officer Tony Magliano was the highest-ranking official to see the test results.

Magliano and senior health and safety manager Andy Fridley were placed on leave June 2 by then-superintendent Carole Smith, who criticized them for not delivering on handling lead hazards among other issues.

Attempts by the newspaper to reach Magliano have been unsuccessful. Fridley has resigned and said he acted promptly and appropriately based on the information, resources and direction he received.

District-wide testing over the summer showed a lead problem at every school.