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Superintendent Keith Jacobus Announces Retirement

Superintendent Keith Jacobus Announces Retirement
Posted on 07/16/2020
Keith JacobusDr. Keith Jacobus, Superintendent of South Washington County Schools, submitted his notice of retirement during the July 16 school board meeting. The school board accepted his notice, effective Sept. 2, 2020.

Dr. Jacobus originally communicated to the school board his intent to retire at the end of his current contract once it expired in June 2021.

“I decided to retire earlier than planned,” said Dr. Jacobus. “The timing is never right, but we have put in place a great strategic plan and most importantly, a great leadership team who is ready to carry our mission forward.”  

“Dr. Jacobus has made significant changes in our district,” said Tracy Brunette, Board Chair. “As a board member who hired him eight years ago, I am so thankful for the positive impact he has had on our students, families and community.”

Dr. Jacobus has served as superintendent of South Washington County Schools since July 2012. Over the last eight years, he created a flexible strategic plan with a focus on student voice and achievement, championed work in racial equity and oversaw successful referendums that built the new Oltman Middle School and granted Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion its own learning site.

The board made a motion to begin conversations with assistant superintendent Julie Nielsen as his successor. Ms. Nielsen is a 26-year veteran of South Washington County Schools with the last six years serving as assistant superintendent.

Read the full statement read by Dr. Jacobus during the school board meeting below:

Last spring as the pandemic took hold of our lives and forced us to confront our vulnerabilities.  I began to reflect on my career and the time I have to spend with the people I love. 

I am proud of the work we have done in our district, but I long to spend more time with my family. I have decided to retire a year earlier than planned. We have put in place a great strategic plan, we have fostered a focus and foundation on equity for all that will lead us forward in eliminating the opportunity gaps for our kids. And most importantly we have a great leadership team in place who is ready to carry our mission forward. 

With the changes taking place in education and the creativity being championed through our fall planning, it is the right time to step away and watch our district continue to grow and improve. I am grateful I had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful school board, leadership team, teaching and support staff, and most importantly, such talented and committed students. 

Thank you!