After a week of speculation and widespread rumors that he would be stepping down, John Green has resigned as superintendent of the Jackson County School System at a called BOE meting Wednesday night.
More than 100 people, many teachers and staff members, attended the regular monthly meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education Monday night expecting Green to resign. He did not and the issue was not addressed. A three-hour closed session was held Monday, but it was reportedly to discuss a student disciplinary appeal.
At a called meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, the BOE voted to accept Green’s resignation. The action came after a 15-minute closed session to discuss personnel. BOE member Michael Cronic made the motion to accept Green’s resignation and it passed unanimously. There was no discussion or explanation given for his resignation. One reporter was the only one in attendance at this called meeting.
Green said after the meeting that his resignation was related to retirement benefits.
“My plans are to continue retirement and resign my position as superintendent of Jackson County Schools effective May 16,” he wrote in his letter of resignation. “I will assist the district through transition until June 30.”
Green also wrote that the system is in better shape than when he took over as superintendent.
“I feel fortunate to have been allowed the opportunity to work with you this past year and know the school district is better off today than it was on June 30 of last year,” he wrote. “The district is focused on improvement initiatives that will yield positive results for students and teachers.”
The resignation is effective as of May 16. Dr. Green agreed to assist with the transition through June 30.