Sequim High School principal Shawn Langston speaks at the school’s 2020 graduation ceremony. The longtime administrator was placed on leave on Oct. 23. Sequim gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim High School principal Shawn Langston speaks at the school’s 2020 graduation ceremony. The longtime administrator was placed on leave on Oct. 23. Sequim gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim High School principal placed on leave

Sequim High School principal Shawn Langston was placed on leave Friday, Oct. 23, pending the outcome of a complaint, school district officials said Monday.

“Sequim High School will lean on the leadership of the Assistant Principal, Kristi Queen, with the support of the District Office, to keep Sequim High School moving forward on mission,” school district staff said in a press release.

No details of the complaint were released.

The placement of Langston on leave is not connected with the placement of Sequim schools superintendent Rob Clark on leave, said acting superintendent Jane Pryne on Monday afternoon.

Clark was placed on leave one day prior, however, no details about the complaint against Clark have been released either.

Both complaint investigations are being handled internally through the district’s human resources department as well as risk management staff, Pryne said; neither investigation involves law enforcement.

There are no other staff members placed on leave, Pryne said.

“We will move forward and get through this stronger than when we went into this,” Pryne said.

Langston was hired in June 2002 to lead the high school, succeeding Brian Pendleton, who left Sequim for Walla Walla High School.

He accepted the job just a few weeks after his wife Shelley was hired as the school district’s special education director; she’s now the district’s Executive Director of Learning Support Services.

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