The Milpitas school district on Wednesday placed the principal of John Sinnott Elementary School on leave in the wake of newly retrieved emails indicating she had an affair with district Superintendent Karl Black.

Principal Stacey Espino will be on paid administrative leave, the district stated, pending the results of district investigation. Michelle Dusel, who has been a district adult-education principal, will serve as interim Sinnott principal.

On Tuesday, the school board sternly reprimanded Black for his "intimate relationship" with Espino, for lying about it and for misusing district resources.

The board on Tuesday decided not to terminate Black. In a written statement, the board cited his 14 years with the district and his upcoming retirement June 30.

Black, 58, could not be reached for comment.

Black still will be able to receive retirement benefits he's owed for 35 years in public education, including 14 in Milpitas, the last nine as superintendent. He earns $213,000 annually for running the 9,800-student district.

Board President Marsha Grilli Tuesday expressed disappointment about the incident.

The allegation that Black was having an affair with Espino surfaced in March. Espino's husband confronted Black in his school district office after reading an email between the pair. Black, who is married, denied the affair to a newspaper reporter and district officials.

Black appointed Espino, 37, as principal in March 2008.

Contact Sharon Noguchi at 408-271-3775.



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