Photo courtesy of Peoria Unified School District

Peoria Unified School District’s superintendent, Dr. Jason Reynolds, announced in late May that he has made the difficult decision to seek the board’s approval to retire on June 30.

“I have been blessed to be part of the Peoria Unified family for the past four years and I will always be grateful for my time here. The people in this district are some of the most passionate and dedicated educators I have ever worked with and are deeply committed to the success of our students,” said Reynolds. “I was called to be a public-school teacher 33 years ago and I remain a passionate teacher to this day. While this is bittersweet, it gives me great comfort to know that the incredible teachers, support staff and administrators will remain deeply committed to the district’s vision so that every student, every day, will be prepared to shape tomorrow.”

After more than 30 years in public education, Reynolds looks forward to exploring new opportunities. Reynolds joined Peoria Unified in 2019 as deputy superintendent and was appointed superintendent in 2020 following the retirement of Linda Palles Thompson. During his time as superintendent, the district navigated a global pandemic and was one of the first districts to reopen to in-person education for students.

The Governing Board met in Executive Session on May 22 and will soon schedule meetings to discuss and appoint an interim superintendent.