LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The superintendent of Livingston Parish schools is retiring effective July 1.
John Watson officially became superintendent of the Livingston Parish Public Schools in February 2013. He first was put into the post on an interim basis in November 2012 after the previous superintendent, Bill Spear, retired.
Watson's term was set to end on December 31. He said with his contract up at the end of the year, he decided it was time to retire more than 33 years with the Livingston school system.
Watson said he decided to retire before his contract ended to allow the system to find a new superintendent during the summer. He said making the change at that time is much better for the school system as a whole because it will be less disruptive among other things.
Watson said there is usually a six-week process to name a new superintendent.
The Livingston Parish School Board will discuss the next steps to search for a new superintendent at Thursday night's board meeting.
The board should be able to name a new superintendent for the parish by the board's second meeting on June 16, according to Watson.