MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham resigning

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MADISON, (Wis.) WMTV -- After six years leading the Madison Metropolitan School District, NBC15 has learned Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham is leaving.

NBC15 has heard from several sources with connections to the district. An official announcement is expected Thursday morning.

Cheatham met with school principals on Tuesday, and the matter was discussed Monday night at a closed school board meeting. NBC15 has confirmed the closed session last night through the calendar on the MMSD website.

NBC15 is working to confirm the information that Cheatham has another opportunity and what that new opportunity is.

Cheatham took over as superintendent of Madison Metropolitan School District in April 2013. Before that, Cheatham was the chief of instruction for Chicago Public Schools and Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for San Diego City Schools.

Cheatham followed Dan Nerad, who served as superintendent for four years.

Cheatham’s entrance to the position was met with optimism, with plans to close the achievement gap in students and prioritize quality instructors.

She told NBC15 News on her first day at the job, “It’s going to take focused work, determination, tenacity to do what we know works well and do it for a sustained period of time.”

Recently, controversy at Whitehouse Middle School has brought Cheatham back into the spotlight. When NBC15 News last spoke with her, she called the incident “unacceptable,” saying in a statement, “We are continuing that commitment to our anti-racist work and will take issues head on.”