MADISON, Wis. - People across the Madison area are reacting to Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham’s decision to leave the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Cheatham announced her decision to leave Wednesday morning. She has been with the district since 2013.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway thanked Cheatham for her service to our community and offered her help to the school board in its search for a new superintendent.
"I wish her well in her next endeavors. Advancing both excellence and equity in Madison's public schools is a critically important task," Rhodes-Conway said in a release. "Our community wants all children in Madison to have the opportunity to thrive and be prepared for post-secondary success."
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi issued a release Wednesday about Cheatham's decision to leave the district.
"In her six years at the helm of MMSD, Superintendent Cheatham has made a real difference in our community. Under her leadership, MMSD has entered into a number of important partnerships with the county seeking to address some of the most difficult challenges facing our students," Parisi said.
The United Way of Dane County tweeted Wednesday morning, thanking Cheatham for her leadership.
We are so grateful for @SuptJenCheatham's partnership and leadership over the past six years. Our schools are in good hands and we wish Jen the best as she transitions to @Harvard! https://t.co/NGZ4Ykvr4L— United Way Dane Co (@unitedwaydaneco) May 8, 2019
The president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County says he talked to Cheatham on Monday and wished educators and studentst he best.
Had a long talk with Dr. Cheatham tonight and wishing the best for our local kids and our teachers.— Michael Johnson (@MJohnsonCEO) May 8, 2019
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