GOLDEN, Colo. - Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced Thursday she will retire in July after 12 years at the helm.
Her announcement was made at a packed school board meeting.
"The past 12 years have been the best years of my life. This is an exceptional school district and it’s been my honor to lead an amazing staff of talented people," she said. "I’d like to thank my team, the community and our students -- they have made my life joyful."
She told 7News reporter Marshall Zelinger she wasn't leaving because times were hard.
"If I was going to leave cause it was difficult, there are many times over 12 years I could have walked away. You don't leave because it's difficult, you leave because it's the right time," she said. ""If I was going to leave because of tough times, boy I can name much harder times."
She received a standing ovation after making her statement at the start of the board meeting.
Stevenson was appointed Superintendent of Schools for Jeffco Public Schools in 2002. She is Jeffco's longest-serving superintendent.
She is the first Jeffco Public Schools alumnus to lead Colorado’s largest public school system, with more than 85,000 students at 155 schools and many other programs at a total of 186 campuses. She earned her university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development, from the University of Colorado.
As Jefferson County’s largest employer, Jeffco Public Schools employs over 12,000 full and part-time staff, and invests more than $1 billion annually into the county’s economy.
Please refresh this page for additional details on this developing story.