Terry Grier, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District for the last six years, abruptly tendered his resignation this afternoon at a hastily-called 4 p.m. press conference, saying, "Quite frankly, it's just time."
Grier acknowledged someone could not be superintendent of a district like Houston forever. He also alluded to his recent knee surgery and said recovery has been harder than he thought it would be.
Grier, surrounded by members of the HISD school board, stressed that he is not retiring but that he is leaving the Houston district. He said his last day will be in March 2016; his contract was up for renewal in June. Grier promised to work through March. Asked what was his greatest accomplishment and greatest regret, Grier chose only to answer the first question, saying his greatest accomplishment with the district was Team HISD.
The district also released a video Thursday afternoon in which Grier addressed the community. Speaking to the district's students, Grier said, "We've really tried to raise expectations because we believe in you and we believe that you can do more.”
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