BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier School District is expected to begin the search process for a new superintendent by the end of next week, following a surprise announcement Thursday night by D.C. Machen that he intends to retire after the end of the current school year.
Machen has served as Superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools since July 1, 2009 and as an educator within the system for 42 years. His current Superintendent's contract was not set to expire until December 31, 2016.
At Thursday evening's Bossier Parish School Board meeting, Superintendent D.C. Machen, Jr. announced his plans to retire, effective with a tentative date of July 1, 2016.
According to a statement released by the school district on Friday, Machen explained his reasoning for stepping away before the end of his contract. That statement reads as follows: