The superintendent of the Jefferson County School District abruptly announced her retirement Saturday morning, 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."
She made the announcement during a public board meeting Saturday morning, drawing gasps from some in the audience.
Stevenson said she has reached an agreement with the Jefferson County Board of Education to leave the district months before her planned retirement on June 30.
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 urged employees and community members, who filled the board room, to remain respectful and represent Jeffco’s legacy well.
Mobile users, click here for video of Stevenson announcing her early retirement: http://youtu.be/zS3OytSHb1Y?t=54s
(Video courtesy: Transparency Jeffco, dedicated to uncovering and exposing the practices of the Jefferson County Colorado School Board and holding its members accountable to the public to wisely use its tax money to educate its children.)
Stevenson is Jefferson County’s longest-serving school superintendent, having served since 2002. She has more than 38 years of experience as a Jeffco educational leader, including time as a teacher, a principal, and deputy 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.
Dr. Stevenson was named the 2010 Colorado Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for the national award.
The Denver Post reported that the Colorado Association of School Executives this week hired Stevenson to run its new leadership initiative. Her new position was supposed to begin once her contract with Jeffco ended on June 30.