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Portland Public Schools superintendent announces plan to retire next year

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Carole Smith (KPTV file image) Carole Smith (KPTV file image)

Carole Smith, the superintendent of Portland Public Schools since 2007, announced plans to retire following the next school year.

Smith made the announcement in a letter Tuesday.

Smith wrote that her goal was to serve as superintendent for 10 years when she was hired in October 2007. She said after notifying the school board of her intention to retire, she was asked to stay through the end of her contract, which runs through June 2017.

Smith highlighted a number of accomplishments in the school district during her tenure Tuesday, including increasing graduation rates, construction projects and new arts programs.

However, Smith has recently had to answer questions from the community about lead in the water at Portland schools.

In May, elevated levels of lead were found in the drinking water at Creston Elementary and Rose City Park schools. The water was not immediately shut off and an investigation was launched to determine why.

Earlier this month, two administrators were placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of a personnel investigation.

In her letter Tuesday, Smith said that a third party service will provide drinking water for the next school year "to ensure every school has access to clean water for the 2016-2017 year."

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