Union County

Union superintendent announces her retirement effective June 1

Mary Ellis
Mary Ellis

Days after being cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by Union County District Attorney Trey Robinson, Union County Public School Superintendent Mary Ellis announced Tuesday that she is retiring, effective June 1.

News of her retirement was released a few hours before the Union County’s Board of Education’s scheduled meeting, which the Union County Board of Commissioners had announced they would be attending.

Board of Education Chairman John Collins, reached by email soon after the announcement was released, said he would suggest the board appoint an acting superintendent “until the November elections, then let the newly formed (board) choose.”

“I don’t think it’s wise to hire at this point,” he said.

Ellis and two high-ranking school officials were investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation after creating a consulting firm with an employee of Lenovo. The firm has supplied computers to the school system. Robinson announced on Friday that the SBI had found no evidence Ellis or other UCPS employees had committed any crimes, and he was closing the case.

Ellis, a Union County native, worked for the Union County schools for 38 years, starting as a teacher at Sun Valley Middle School. After teaching English for 18 years, she moved into administrative roles for the school system and was named superintendent in 2012. The school system has won regional and national recognition under her leadership.

“It has been an honor to serve as Superintendent of Union County Public Schools,” Ellis said in the release. “This is an outstanding school system and I am proud to say that I was educated in Union County and have worked as a teacher and administrative leader in this district.”

Jane Duckwall is a freelance writer: jbduckwall@gmail.com.