COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction John Richard, who was expected to become the state’s interim superintendent in September, will instead resign, officials announced Tuesday.
After Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced in July that he is resigning effective Sept. 24, the Ohio State Board of Education approved a resolution making Richard the interim superintendent.
During the meeting, Richard said the department would be busy in the coming months responding to the new state budget. He said he would continue the culture of the department and respect the interim nature of the job.
Richard submitted his resignation in a letter to DeMaria, sharing that it will be effective on Oct. 8, the Ohio Department of Education said in a news release Tuesday.
“I have been honored to work with you in serving the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio’s education community. I have tremendous respect for you, the State Board of Education and our entire team here at the Department because of the commitment, passion and energy devoted to our students across Ohio,” he wrote.