R. Scott Pierce, the controversial superintendent of the Kenosha Unified School District, has resigned to run a charter school in Milwaukee.
Pierce officially labels it a "retirement" but today's resignation is effective on Sept. 1 which hardly is the way most school superintendents "retire."
It's hard to say what straw broke the camel's back here -- the school board and current superintenent seem to bask in operating in secrecy -- but Pierce has been a huge disappointment.
There were expectations that Pierce, a Kenosha native, would be a unifying, healing influence. Those expectations were unmet.
Instead, Pierce turned out to be one of the most arrogant and out of touch public officials in the history of the county. Wrapped up in his own self-importance, he created his "cabinet" of administrators -- "cabinet" was his description. He eliminated the position of assistant superintendent, apparently unwilling to trust anyone to share power and responsibility.
The president of the United States has cabinet. A local school superinendent does not and should not.
Under Pierce the school district became hugely and irreparably insular and bureaucratic.
While we wish Pierce the best of luck in his new duties, we wish his successor even more luck in attempting to undo the damage Pierce left behind.