BOSTON (CBS) – After nearly six years on the job, Boston Superintendent of Schools Carol Johnson is getting ready to retire. Dr. Johnson announced Wednesday that she will step down at the end of this school year.
She informed families, teachers and staff of her decision through a letter and video message.
“This has been a difficult decision, but as you aware, the loss of my husband and best friend Matthew last month has been life-altering for me and my entire family,” Dr. Johnson said in the video posted to YouTube. “After a long and rewarding career, that I am truly proud of, I believe it is time for me to focus more time on family which of course always comes first.”
Mayor Tom Menino released a statement saying in part, “Dr. Johnson is one of the most compassionate, caring and talented Superintendents in the United States.”
Dr. Johnson’s contract runs through June, 2015, so she will ask the School Committee to accept her retirement and then appoint an interim Superintendent.