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Schools still paying 2 embroiled in lead issue

PORTLAND — Two Portland Public Schools administrators are getting paid, 10 weeks after they were placed on administrative leave amid issues about lead found in water sources.

Schools spokeswoman Courtney Westling says the district will decide the employment status of Tony Magliano, the chief operating officer, and Andy Fridley, a senior health and safety manager, in the next two weeks.

She told the Oregonian the district has been focusing on addressing immediate health and safety concerns.

Magliano and Fridley were placed on leave June 2 by then-superintendent Carole Smith. Smith criticized the two, saying they were in charge of a department that "didn't deliver" on handling lead hazards, communicating with the public and providing her with timely information.

Smith also stepped down last month.

Attempts to reach Fridley and Magliano were unsuccessful. The district declined to contact the men for the Oregonian.