Late Wednesday evening Dr. Jerome Pecko, superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, announced that he would retire at the end of his contract which runs through July 1. Pecko informed the board of this decision in a closed door meeting at TPS headquarters. The board had convened a special meeting to discuss Pecko's performance as superintendent and to decide whether they would offer him a new contract. In interviews Wednesday evening with Pecko the board talked about the future of the district. As those conversations continued Dr. Pecko informed the board that he wanted to retire. Dr. Pecko said afterwards that he had been travelling to and from Barberton, Ohio where his family still lives though he had been maintaining a residence in Toledo.
Board President Brenda Hill tells WNWO that Pecko will continue to work through the end of his contract and that the board will convene a special meeting to begin the process of searching for Dr. Pecko's replacement.