Search for new Bossier Schools Superintendent to begin next week

Search for new Bossier Schools Superintendent to begin next week

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:

"I feel after 42 years, it is time," Superintendent Machen told board members. "It is not an easy decision to make, but I have always been told that when the time comes, you will know. As I said earlier, after much prayer I feel peace with the decision and look forward to time with my wife and grandchildren, fishing in the spring and fall when people really catch a lot, and to what God has in store for me in my new chapter in life."

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