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Harvard School District 50 superintendent to retire early

Richard Stoxen
Richard Stoxen

HARVARD – The superintendent of Harvard Community Unit School District 50 will retire from her post two years early after the school board recently approved an amendment to her contract.

Board President Richard Stoxen said the full board unanimously approved a change to the employment agreement Dec. 16 that will allow Superintendent Lauri Tobias to retire at the end of next school year as opposed to 2019 as her contract previously dictated.

Stoxen could not speak to why Tobias wanted to retire earlier than expected, and she was out of town and could not be reached for comment.

He said the board has not yet gotten too far in discussing the process to hire a new superintendent, but those conversations are forthcoming.

Tobias has been with District 50 for over 13 years, spending a number of years as principal of Jefferson Elementary School as well as the director of curriculum for the district, district staff said. She took role of superintendent in July 2009.

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