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Higley school district official found dead

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GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) - A body found Wednesday morning near the Higley High School campus has been identified as the athletic director of the Higley Unified School District.

Gilbert police say they are investigating, but believe Art Wagner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The school district released a statement Wednesday, saying it was mourning the loss of Wagner, who was a respected educator and leader in state high school athletic circles. In April, he was recognized for his work by the Arizona School Administrators Association.

Wagner joined the district in 2009 and was serving as executive board president of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, which governs high school sports.

A school district spokeswoman says the district is offering counseling and other support for anyone who needs it.

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