L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King on medical leave

Los Angeles schools chief Michelle King has appointed a subordinate to run the school system while she recuperates from surgery.

In an email to senior staff over the weekend, she said Associate Supt. Vivian Ekchian will serve as acting superintendent “for the remainder of my absence.”

“I have the utmost confidence in Mrs. Ekchian’s leadership and ability to oversee all business matters, and maintain the district’s upward trajectory toward 100% graduation,” King wrote in the email, which went out on Saturday at 10:32 a.m.

Ekchian followed up with an internal email confirming that she had agreed to step in.

The district has not discussed King’s medical problems, but some insiders said she injured herself in an accident while on vacation with her family. The painful injury put her in a wheelchair and ultimately required surgery, said district sources, who could not be named because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. Click here to read more: http://beta.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-supt-king-medical-leave-20171009-story.html