The process to hire a new superintendent will be discussed Jan. 25.
WARREN -- Schools Superintendent Betty English plans to step down when her contract expires in July, board President Linda Metzendorf said.
English has led the 6,500-pupil system since 1999 and served as assistant superintendent for a short period before that. She came to Warren as a second career after retiring from the Cleveland school system.
Metzendorf said the board was not surprised at her decision, coming at the end of a long career.
"The district's schools improved while she was superintendent," Metzendorf said. "Our annual progress report card to the state has improved, and test scores have improved."
English was given high marks for the expansion of a literacy program in the elementary schools and the renovation of public school libraries, paid for by money raised from the local business community.
Metzendorf also credited her with helping to pass the recent bond issue and planning construction of new school facilities, which will begin soon.
The board learned of English's decision from a letter they considered in executive session Tuesday night. Metzendorf said the board hasn't discussed a search process for a replacement. English's letter will be formally accepted at the next board meeting Jan. 25.
English was paid $97,501 this year. She was responsible for 12 elementary and three middle schools, as well as Warren G. Harding High School.