Investigation of personnel matter forces Boulder Valley School District superintendent to take paid leave

BOULDER, Colo. — The Boulder Valley School District said Wednesday that superintendent Bruce Messinger has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of a personnel matter.

Boulder Valley School District superintendent Bruce Messinger (Photo: BVSD)

The investigation is expected to take approximately 30 days.

“Please keep in mind that the leave is being made to help facilitate the integrity of the investigation. It does not indicate any determination of misconduct upon the employee involved,” according to a letter sent to district staff.

Former assistant superintendent for operations Joe Sleeper will act as interim superintendent for as long as necessary, officials said.

“Finally, each of us on the Board appreciates that this news may be unsettling,” the letter said. “However, we are confident that you will continue to make the well being and learning of all students your first priority as you have always done.”