JEFFERSON Schools superintendent John Jackson will step down at the end of the month, ending a career in education that’s spanned more than 40 years.
The Jefferson Board of Education (BOE) accepted Jackson’s retirement Thursday at a called meeting. His retirement takes effect June 1. Jackson has served as superintendent since 1997.
The 62-year-old Jackson pointed to his four-decade career and said it was time to take a step back.
“Well, the numbers speak for themselves,” Jackson said. “I’m 62 years old, and I have over 40 years of experience. Basically, I’m maxed out. It’s been a great job and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it — and still enjoy it. It’s just a situation where reality is just staring you in the face, and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
School board chairman Ronnie Hopkins said the BOE will ask former Jefferson superintendent Don Rooks to take over as a temporary superintendent “to help us out in this time,” Hopkins said.
During this time, “the board will consider all of its options as far as filling that position,” Hopkins added.
I disagree. Jefferson needs to look outside to fill this vacancy. We need someone who is going to provide long term stability at the top similar to what Dr. Jackson provided. Dr. Smith can't have that many more years left.