The interim superintendent for Houston ISD will be leaving her post at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Grenita F. Lathan will depart for the Springfield Public School District in Missouri, the district announced March 8.

“The students, teachers, principals, staff, parents, and community of HISD are close to my heart, and I leave knowing that they are resilient and stronger together,” Lathan wrote in the announcement. “Their light will keep shining through, and they will continue to be known for their innovation and success.”

Lathan’s announcement comes after the HISD board of trustees voted not to offer her a permanent post during a November 2020 meeting, instead opting to open up the position to a national search. Austin-based firm JG Consulting is overseeing the recruiting and vetting of superintendent candidates.

“From moving numerous HISD campuses out of improvement required status to her strong leadership during several major weather events and a global pandemic, she has truly been a beacon for our students, staff, and families,” HISD board President Patricia Allen said in the announcement. “We wish her well.”

Lathan has lead the school district since she took on her position in March 2018.