Dominic Massa / EyewitnessNews

ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. - After 18 years as superintendent of St.Charles Parish public schools, Dr. Rodney Lafon told school board members he will retire July 1.

Lafon made the announcement at Wednesday's school board meeting.

'Having served as Superintendent for the past 18 years, and been in education more than 38 years, I have decided that it is time for me to move on to a new chapter,' Lafon said in a statement.

'While this decision was not an easy one, I am confident that we have built a foundation that will position the St. Charles Parish Public School System to continue on its path of excellence.'

During his 18 years as superintendent of St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Lafon has presided over numerous curriculum, communication, construction, technology, finance and community relations projects.

He is also credited with leading the school system through reform and accreditation efforts as well as facility improvements throughout the parish.

Lafon is a veteran of St.Charles schools. He previously served as restructuring coordinator and an assistant superintendent for support services. A professional trumpet player, he began his career as a music teacher in St.Charles Parish schools.

The school board is expected to launch the search for his replacement.

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