Superintendent won't be staying

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By Carol A. Clark

Having accomplished so much as interim superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools, school board members worked vigorously Tuesday to convince Mary McLeod to continue leading the district.

“They tried to get me to stay but I think 45 years in the educational business is enough – it’s time for me to retire,” said Mcleod following her performance evaluation. “It’s been a lot of fun and I wish I were a little younger because I would like to stay longer.”

McLeod began her temporary assignment July 1, following James Anderson's retirement. She did agree to extend her contract by 10 days through July 10 to spend time with the district's yet to be hired superintendent. The board offered her a raise for staying those additional days but McLeod declined saying it wasn’t necessary for such a short time.

School Board President Steve Girrens describes Mcleod as a “blessing” to the schools and the community at large. “Mary stepped in at a critical time and made herself available, especially in light of the bond and state funding issues.”

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