Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell to Resign "to Embrace a New Calling"

May 10, 2021

Superintendent Laura MitchellThis evening during tonight's school board meeting, the Cincinnati Public School (CPS) Board of Education approved a resolution to accept the resignation of Superintendent Laura Mitchell. Mitchell is stepping down at the end of the school year to pursue an unexpected professional opportunity. The last day of her 27-year career with Cincinnati Public Schools will be June 11, 2021.

CPS Board President Carolyn Jones, "We are sad to see Superintendent Mitchell leave but we are immensely grateful for her leadership. She has elevated Cincinnati Public Schools to new heights of achievement, led our district through a global pandemic, and reimagined what’s possible for all of our students. Thanks to her dedication and service to our staff, students and families we know the future is bright at CPS."

Superintendent Laura Mitchell said, "It has been a privilege to spend 27 years of my professional career with Cincinnati Public Schools, the last four as your superintendent. As much as I appreciate my experiences here, which began as a CPS student at Bond Hill Elementary and The School for Creative and Performing Arts, there is a season for all things, and it’s time for me to embrace a new calling."

Among the milestones accomplished during Superintendent Mitchell's tenure:

  • Voters' approval of three levy renewals in four years.
  • Enrollment grew from 64.3 percent of the school-age population to 68.5 percent.
  • Cincinnati became the only urban district in Ohio rated "Effective" on the state's report card.
  • My Tomorrow integrated new career pathways and post-graduation planning to help students entering the world of work. Significantly increased college scholarship dollars awarded.
  • Magnet program focus in neighborhood schools increased academic achievement and raised student enrollment.
  • Seven new schools opened in five years to keep up with increased enrollment.
  • A three-year strategic plan launched in 2019 transitioned into a new refreshed three-year plan, in effect now.

Board President Jones said the CPS board would name an interim superintendent by May 24 while establishing a timeline and plan to find Mitchell's successor.