The retirement of Dr. Janet McLin has been public knowledge since her announcement in November 2002. At that time, McLin said, "My husband and I want to do some traveling in our motor home. We want to build a house and to be with our grandchildren."
McLin also said that she planned to work in education but not on a full time basis.
But what not had been public knowledge until reported Monday by NewsCenter 11, is that McLin has applied and is one of five finalists in Jefferson Parish School District's search for a new superintendent.
"I had known about the Jefferson Parish job becoming open since last summer," said McLin on Tuesday. "I had gone back and forth over the months on whether to apply or whether not to apply."
McLin worked in Jefferson Parish for 30 years before coming to Meridian to lead Meridian Public Schools.
"I started out as a 4th grade teacher, then I became a high school English teacher and did several other things in the district office as a supervisor," McLin said. "My last three and a half years there was as executive director of instruction."
McLin said she understands that it may seem as if the job opening in Jefferson Parish influenced her decision to retire from her position here in Meridian, but says it did not.
Dr. McLin says she's learned a great deal from her experience as superintendent of MPS and believes what she's learned will help in whatever she does.
June 30 will also be the last day for Poplar Springs Elementary School Principal Fred Brashier. He announced his retirement after 30 years in education.