LAUSD Chief Resigns To Battle Cancer

The Superintendent of the state’s largest school district is stepping down as she continues her fight with cancer.

Superintendent Michelle King has been on medical leave since September and will remain until her retirement on June 30, according to a statement.

“Having dedicated her career to the District, it is now time for Dr. King to focus her incredible strength and energy on her health,” said the LAUSD Board in a statement. “We wholeheartedly support her decision to retire, and will continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers as she faces the challenges ahead.”

King was named Superintendent two years ago after Ramon C. Cortines retired. She had originally signed a two-year contract, but in 2017, that contract was extended an additional two years until June 2020.

Acting Superintendent Vivian Ekchian has agreed to continue her role while the Board figures out how to find a long-term replacement.