Dade County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jan Irons Harris informed her staff on Aug. 19 that she will not be returning to her role as superintendent after Dec. 31.
Harris was selected from outside of the Dade County School system and will reach her fifth year as superintendent at the end of the year. Harris said that the COVID-19 pandemic made her realize that she wants to spend more time with her family.
“I am completing my service as superintendent of Dade County Schools after almost five years on Dec. 31,” Harris said. “It has been a blessing and a privilege to work with outstanding educators and a wonderful board while watching over the boys and girls entrusted to our care. I thank God for the opportunity and will treasure my memories of the great people of Dade.”
Board of Education Chair Carolyn Bradford said that it is too early to assess how the board will approach replacing Harris. However, Bradford said that the board was proud to work alongside Harris and that she will be missed.
“She has done a wonderful job,” Bradford said. “She loves the kids and the kids love her.”