COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus schools Superintendent Gene Harris says she's retiring at the end of the current school year after 11 years as leader of Ohio's largest school district.
Harris did not give a reason when making Thursday's announcement, which she says comes after a year's contemplation
The move follows irregular enrollment and attendance practices discovered in Columbus and other school districts that spurred a statewide investigation by the Ohio auditor. Harris has said she didn't direct or know about any efforts to alter student records that could affect state report cards.
The former Columbus teacher was a principal and deputy superintendent before becoming an assistant superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education. She returned to Columbus schools as deputy superintendent in 2000 and took the top job the following year.