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Jim Rigg, school superintendent for the Archdiocese of Chicago, announces resignation

Jim Rigg, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, announced his resignation Tuesday, the archdiocese confirmed.

Rigg is expected to transition out of his role by June, said Manuel Gonzales, a spokesperson for the archdiocese.

“I feel that this is the right time to step away from my role and let another superintendent come forward,” Rigg said in an emailed announcement to parents. “I am profoundly impressed by the quality and vitality of our Catholic schools, staffed by men and women of exceptional talent and commitment. I leave my role knowing that God will continue to work through our teachers, principals, and benefactors to ensure the continuation of this critical educational ministry.”

Rigg has been superintendent since October 2015. He formerly served as the superintendent of Catholic schools in Cincinnati.

Several Chicago archdiocese schools have closed in recent years because of low enrollment and mounting debt. In January, four closures were announced, along with the merger of two other schools. The Chicago Archdiocese includes Cook and Lake counties.

While Rigg did not provide details about his departure, he highlighted what he considered accomplishments including the the strategic plan for Catholic schools, “Renewal and Hope,” among other initiatives.

“We successfully reopened our schools for in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said in the statement. “As demonstrated by our recent i-Ready assessments, our reopening effort has enabled our students to continue their learning in spite of the enormous complexity represented by COVID-19.”

The Archdiocesan School Board has formed a search committee and will conduct a national hunt for a new superintendent, according to the archdiocese.

jvillagomez@chicagotribune.com

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