Superintendent to Leave Garrison

Hired in 2014 to lead school district

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell, who was hired as superintendent of the Garrison school district in 2014, announced on Wednesday (Oct. 30) that she will leave the position on Dec. 31.

In an email to parents, Mitchell said she and the board had reached an “amicable mutual agreement” for her departure. She did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

In a statement dated Nov. 1, the board wrote that “after many months of deliberation” the district and Mitchell had “agreed to move in a new direction. We are grateful for Laura’s hard work, dedication and contribution to the children of Garrison. We wish her the best and know that she will excel as she pursues her academic and professional endeavors.

“Although change brings uncertainty, we want to assure you the board has been planning thoughtfully and moving quickly to secure an interim superintendent. Additionally, we are identifying a search firm who will facilitate the process for securing a strong educational leader for the permanent position. We hope to have these two items in place in the next few weeks. At that time, we will communicate the details of the search process, how the community will be involved, and a timetable for the process.”

The board said Mitchell “has been instrumental in advancing the educational mission of the District, instituting professional development opportunities for our teachers, and successfully seeing through our recent building referendum. Please join us in thanking Laura for her work and devotion to our children.”

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