SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker announced plans to retire after next school year.
The announcement was made Wednesday in a news release issued by the school district.
Booker has served as the District 7 superintendent since 2010.
School officials say Booker will retire on June 30, 2020.
During his remaining time, Booker will launch a diversity and inclusion initiative.
The school board recently approved creating a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer on Booker’s leadership team. Booker said in a statement that school officials “will put into place a strategic approach to close the gaps for students that exist within our school district.”
That’s one goal in the coming year.
Booker stated the district will also open its new Spartanburg High School and move McCracken Middle School to the renovated building that currently houses the high school.
Booker served as superintendent for York County School District One before joining District 7 as associate superintendent/superintendent-elect in July 2009.
“District Seven has been an amazing home for my family and me, and I have made this decision after a great deal of reflection about what we have accomplished together, what is best for my family and for me, and what is best at this important juncture in the life of District Seven,” Dr. Booker said in a statement. “We have made significant strides collectively on behalf of the students we aim to inspire and equip, and this is a pivotal moment in which several key initiatives are successfully coming full circle. It is an opportune time for a new leader to step in for the next chapter in District Seven’s history.”