The head of Lincoln Public Schools’ human resources department is on leave for the remainder of the school year, prompting an administrative shakeup at a crucial time for staffing.

Eric Weber, associate superintendent of instruction, will be on leave for the remainder of the school year as part of a “by mutual agreement” decision, an LPS spokesperson said Thursday.

Eric Weber.

Vann Price, who served as both supervisor of secondary personnel services and director of equity, diversity and inclusion, was named acting associate superintendent.

“I want to thank Dr. Price for his willingness to take on this role and help lead our human resources department during a critical time in recruiting and retaining staff at Lincoln Public Schools,” said the LPS Superintendent Paul Gausman in a press release.

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Scott Middle School principal Marco Pedroza will assume Price’s role as secondary staff supervisor on an interim basis. Meanwhile, Mike Gillotti, a former principal of Lincoln Southwest High School who returned to the district this year as instructional coach at Scott, will serve as interim principal at Scott.

Gellotti and Pedroza will begin their new roles on November 14.

Weber, who earns $230,360, was hired in 2013 to succeed Nancy Biggs when she retired after 19 years in the role. Weber will be paid while on leave from the district, officials confirmed.

He was previously assistant superintendent of human resources at Westside Community Schools in Omaha. He also taught at Lux Middle School from 1999 to 2001.

Deb Rasmussen, president of the Lincoln Education Association who often interacts with the human resources department, said Weber has been on furlough at times this year, but it’s unclear why.

“Eric has only worked wonderfully with LEA,” Rasmussen said.

In addition to Thursday’s changes, Robbie Seybert, director of employee relations, benefits and personnel, is stepping down as director of human resources at Lincoln Electric System.

Seybert, who had been with the district for more than seven years, served as the chief negotiator with the school district‘s group of nine employees. His last day is November 30.

This is a developing story. Stay with for updates.

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