Springfield Public Schools is going to lose another long-time leader at the end of the school year.
Carol Embree, the district’s Deputy Superintendent of Operations, announced she will be retiring from public education on June 30, 2021. When she steps down, Embree will have served 29 years in public education.
“Our district and community have been incredibly fortunate to benefit from Carol’s steadfast leadership,” Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent, said in a statement. “Carol’s professionalism, work ethic and sincere commitment to serving our students, staff, taxpayers and community-at-large is extraordinary. With a financier’s mind and a teacher’s heart, Carol has maintained a perfect balance of effectively using taxpayer resources and meeting student needs by achieving efficiencies in procedures and processes. We congratulate her and know that she will be missed.”
Jungmann will be also stepping down at the end of the school year.
As the deputy in charge of operations, Embree oversees all aspects of operations, including financial & business services; human resources; transportation; facilities; construction; custodial; and food services.
Embree was a key part of the passage of Proposition S, working on the master plan that was presented to the Community Task Force on Facilities.
“SPS and the Springfield community will forever be close to my heart,”Embree said in a statement. “While retirement has been an option for several years, my deep connection to SPS and a strong commitment to serving the students and staff of this district have extended my tenure. It has been my honor and privilege to engage in this important work and I am so thankful for the opportunity.”
The Board of Education will begin a search for her replacement soon.
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