The Kansas City Public Schools is now looking for a new chief operations officer.
Michael Rounds has submitted his resignation, effective this Friday, district spokeswoman Eileen Houston-Stewart said.
Rounds, who was a 2010 graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy, is leaving to devote more time to search for a superintendent position, Houston-Stewart said.
Rounds becomes the fifth member of the administrative cabinet to resign since former Superintendent John Covington left the district in August. Three of the administrative team — Rebecca Lee-Gwin, MiUndrae Prince and Mary Esselman — left to take cabinet positions with Covington in his new job as chancellor of the Michigan Education Authority, which will be operating the state’s lowest performing schools.
Chace Ramey also resigned to pursue other interests. Another cabinet member, Tony Moore, is no longer with the district.
Rounds came under scrutiny in February when a report by KSHB-TV examined a $32 million energy project in which a former consultant for the district won the contract. The district has defended its bidding process as being proper and transparent. Houston-Stewart said the report on the bidding process had “nothing whatsoever” to do with Rounds’ decision to resign.
The district’s chief financial officer, Al Tunis, also will head district operations until a new chief operations officer is hired, she said.
In a prepared statement, interim Superintendent Steve Green said he wanted to thank Rounds for his service. “We wish him well in the future.”