Former East High principal resigns from MMSD after tumultuous year

MADISON, Wis. — The former principal at Madison East High School, who was reassigned to a different role in the Madison Metropolitan School District after several student protests, has left the district.

MMSD spokesperson Tim LeMonds confirmed to News 3 Now Monday that the district had accepted the resignation of Sean Leavy, which was submitted in writing on Thursday, July 21.

“Out of respect for Mr. Leavy and his new employer, I will defer to Mr. Leavy for his reasons for leaving our district,” LeMonds said.

Leavy was removed as principal at East High last October — just months after being hired as the school’s new principal — after multiple days of student walkouts and protests over how he handled a sexual assault in which a female student said she was raped by another student during a party on homecoming weekend. The students said they did not feel Leavy took their concerns seriously when they were first brought up.

The male student was later charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault by use of force and one count of strangulation and suffocation. He has since been charged with additional felony counts of invading the privacy of a person under the age of 18 years old and bail jumping for breaking the conditions of his bond, which court records show was posted on June 14.

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Leavy was replaced by Assistant Principal Mikki Smith, who took over as interim principal before being named the permanent principal at East High in April. The district moved Leavy to a different position, naming him Director of Secondary Multi-Tiered Support and Scheduling.

Leavy joined the Madison Metropolitan School District for the start of the 2021-2022 school year after previously working in Beloit.