SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews announces retirement

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews has announced his retirement.

"With a heavy heart, I want to share the news that I plan to retire from SFUSD on June 30, 2021. I am eternally grateful to the community and the school board for allowing me to have had the opportunity to serve the community that raised me and made me who I am," said Dr. Matthews.

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SF Board of Education President Gabriela Lopez shared that the SF Board of Education will be working with the superintendent to create a transition plan.

Dr. Matthews began serving as SFUSD superintendent in May of 2017.

He said that he will remain committed to the critical work in front of him which is to get school kids back to in-person learning.

Since March 2020, when schools were forced to shut down Dr. Matthews has worked with a school board that has made controversial decisions like attempting to rename schools and changing the admissions policy at Lowell High School. Both the school district and the school board were also sued by the San Francisco City Attorney's office in an attempt to reopen schools.

It will now be up to the school board to name an interim superintendent.

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