Watertown Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald announced she will retire from her position in October.
Fitzgerald made the announcement at the beginning of Monday night’s School Committee meeting.
Many in the audience were taken by surprise by the announcement.
She arrived in Watertown in 2009 as assistant superintendent before being named interim superintendent and finally superintendent.
In August a group of parents called for a vote of no confidence because of their frustrations with overcrowding and other issues.
Many staff and others came out to support Fitzgerald at the August School Committee meeting.