A tenuous relationship between Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson and a new conservative board hit its breaking point Saturday when the district's longtime leader announced that she would leave earlier than expected.
Stevenson, who has been at the helm of the district for more than 12 years, told a crowded room, filled mostly with supporters, that her work was being impeded by a newly elected board majority.
"I can't lead and manage because I am not trusted or respected by this board of education," Stevenson said. "If I can't lead and if I can't manage, I don't serve you well. And my issue is serving you, serving our community and, most importantly, serving our kids."