Jackson retiring as Jefferson school superintendent

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A former Jefferson Schools superintendent is being asked to serve in a temporary capacity with the retirement of Superintendent John Jackson.

Jackson, 62, is stepping down after serving as superintendent since 1997. He will bring to a close his 40-plus career in education. His retirement is effective June 1.

Jackson said he has enjoyed his service but now is the time to retire.

Don Rooks has been asked by School Board Chairman Ronnie Hopkins to serve in an interim role while the board assessing its options to search out a replacement.

Jackson’s retirement was accepted by the board during a called meeting on Thursday.