Friday marks Cindy Stevenson's last day as Jefferson County Schools superintendent

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Friday is Jefferson County School District superintendent Cindy Stevenson's last day on the job.

Dr. Stevenson started as a teacher and worked her way up to an assistant principal, a principal, the assistant superintendent for instruction, deputy superintendent, before becoming superintendent in 2002.

Stevenson announced her intention to retire June 30th last November, after a new conservative majority was elected to the school board.

Then two weeks ago, she abruptly announced her retirement tweeting "I can't lead and manage because I am not respected by this board. I can't make decisions. This board does not respect me."

Dr. Cindy Stevenson also tweeted, "I have approached the board and I will be gone by the end of the month. I can't manage this district with this board."

In a prepared release, Stevenson said “Jeffco has a tradition of excellence and it’s time for the district to move forward,” said Stevenson.

Stevenson has a new job. She will run the Colorado Association of School Executives's new leadership initiative , according to our partners at the Denver Post.

The School Board has hired a firm to conduct a nationwide search for a new superintendent.

In the meantime, a leadership team consisting of the chief financial officer, the chief academic officer, the chief operating officer and the chief school effectiveness officer will take over Stevenson's duties.