Columbus City School Board member Carole Perkins has announced she will retire at the end of the month, nearly 7 years after she first joined the board as a mid term appointment.
In December, Perkins announced she would not seek the board presidency again, and was replaced by board member Gary Baker.
Perkins recently retired from the Central Ohio Transit Authority, and says stepping down from the school board is part of her "move into retirement". Perkins was appointed to the board in February 2007 to fill the seat of Andy Ginther following his election to city council. Last year state auditor David Yost criticized Perkins and then superintendent Gene Harris for inappropriately pressuring district auditor Carolyn Smith to wrap up her investigation into what became a wide ranging data and attendance scrubbing scandal. Yost is expected to brief district officials Wednesday on the results of his 18 month investigation.
In a release today, the school board says they will appoint a replacement for Perkins, and encourage those interested to submit their resume to the board.