LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson County Public Schools principal is announcing her retirement.

According to a news release from JCPS, Cheryl Rigsby, the long-time principal at Fern Creek Elementary School, said Wednesday that she will be retiring from the school district on May 1 for personal reasons.

Her retirement will mark the end of a 29-year career as an educator.

"This was a difficult decision for me, but for personal reasons, the time is right to turn a page on this new chapter in my life," Rigsby said, according to the news release. "I will always be a supporter of JCPS and am proud of the education we provide to all students. Fern Creek Elementary will remain a large part of my heart, and I will never forget the students, staff and families who've become an integral part of my life."

According to the news release, Rigsby's career began in Indiana, when she served as an educator with the Department of Education (KDE) for three years, assisting priority schools in their turnaround efforts.

She has served as principal of Fern Creek Elementary School for the past 11 years -- an was named Principal of the Year in 2014-15 by the Jefferson County Association School of Administrators.

An interim principal for Fern Creek Elementary School will be appointed by the district.

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