Columbus School Board president Carol Perkins says she will step down from the position at the end of the month.
The board is expected to choose a new president in January. Perkins served as board president for five years. Perkins was a strong supporter of former Superintendent Gene Harris, who resigned after the district's attendance data rigging scandal came to light. Internal auditor Carolyn Smith also said last year Perkins pressured her to drop her investigation of the scandal due to the bad publicity it generated. Perkins did little campaigning for the district's levy request, which was soundly rejected by voters in November. Mayor Michael Coleman has said the levy lost because voters did not trust the district leadership in the wake of the scandal.