Livingston school superintendent to retire in 2013
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish School Superintendent Bill Spear will retire at the end of his current contract in 2013.
Spear, whose four-year contract expires Jan. 4, tells The Advocate he will ask the board for an extension to Feb. 15, which is his birthday.
Under Spear's leadership, the school system has remained near the top in state rankings and earned a B when letter grades were released for the first time last year.
Spear said whoever follows him would inherit a foundation for success, but face significant challenges.
Spear will leave with 27 years of service to Livingston Parish schools as teacher, coach, principal and administrator.
Board President Malcolm Sibley said he would like to have a successor named a month before Spear leaves.