It was an announcement that caught many in education by surprise:
Sioux Falls public school superintendent Pam Homan says she will leave her post at the end of this school year.
Homan says she told her staff a year and a half ago that she would be leaving in 2015.
On Friday, that internal announcement became public.
Pam Homan says she informed the school board about four months ago that she would be leaving her post as public school superintendent. "I informed the school board at that time in 2015, again my 25th year, last year of the 5 year contract, and 11 years of being superintendent, would be my last year."
The official announcement was planned to come in October.
But this coming Monday's school board meeting was to focus on long term planning for district and Homan says she didn't want to mislead anyone about her future plans. "It felt like I was putting myself and the school board in a difficult situation if I didn't just say, you know what? No surprises here, 2015 will be my last year of service."
School Board president Kent Alberty says the board will meet in closed session this Monday, following its regular meeting, to begin the initial steps of finding Homan's successor. "What I will look for is someone that has a vision for the future, that is in line with the vision that our community has continue to have as we have grown."
"I have opportunities, many, and I will discuss those and worry about those after I finish this job." Homan is tight lipped on what her future holds following this school year and explains her decision to leave like this. "I'm always going to love my work and I'm always going to love the people around me, but there gets to be a point where you know what? 25 years in a long time."
Homan says she looks back on her time as superintendent and is pleased with the progress of programs for at risk students and gifted students as well as the implementation of the Spanish Immersion Program.