Green Bay schools superintendent to retire in 2020

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Michelle Langenfeld has announced that she will retire as superintendent of the Green Bay Area Public School District in 2020.

Langenfeld will step away on June 30, 2020. That's when her contract expires.

Langenfeld joined the district in 2011. She's the first female superintendent in the history of Green Bay schools.

Langenfeld released this statement:

"I am humbled and indebted for the opportunity to serve the District’s 21,000 students and their families. The greater Green Bay area has been a wonderful place to live and work. Each day, I am very grateful for the amazing educators and staff I have the privilege to work with and learn from. I am also very appreciative to our community and community partners who join us in our mission to ensure that every child being served in the Green Bay Area Public Schools has the resources, supports and opportunities to successfully find their way to graduation and a postsecondary option. And finally, I wish to thank our Board of Education for the opportunity to serve the Green Bay Area Public School District. I look forward to our continued efforts to educate all students to be college, career and community ready.”

The district says Langenfeld's accomplishments include increased graduation rates; successful school referendums, and expansion of programs that provide a pathway to careers.

In 2018, Langenfeld signed a contract extension with the district. A performance review offered praise and suggestions for improvement.

"Dr. Langenfeld's presence in the community and at the state level has positioned our District well," reads a statement on the evaluation.

The school board recommended improving the district's "customer service" with parents, "so that they are not directed to multiple people in the District when searching for answers."

Click here to view the performance review.

Some community members pointed the blame at Langenfeld for issues at Washington Middle School. In 2017, a teacher resigned after opening up about violence and aggressive behavior at the school.

That led to increased staffing and a district-wide policy change for handling behavior issues.

A new principal was hired to turn around the school. Cindy Olsen took the reigns this school year.

Action 2 News will update this developing story.