Neil Pedersen ended the speculation tonight and announced his plan to retire as superintendent of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools next summer.
His last day is expected to be June 30, 2011, when his current contract expires.
“Although I am giving you a year’s notice I want to assure you I will be as focused as ever on meeting the goals that we mutually agreed upon for the upcoming year,” he told the school board.
Pedersen has served as superintendent since 1992, making him the longest serving superintendent in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district’s 101-year history.
His 18-year tenure makes him the second-longest serving superintendent currently serving in one district in North Carolina, according to a news release distributed at tonight's meeting.
Board Chairman Mike Kelley thanked Pedersen for his service.
“The school board and community are very grateful to Dr. Pedersen for his many years of dedicated service,” Kelley said. “There’s almost no component of our school system or even the Chapel Hill Carrboro community that he has not affected during his tenure.”