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Knott set to retire from Escambia County School’s superintendent position

Escambia County School Superintendent John Knott announced his plans to retire this summer during Thursday’s meeting of the school board.

In his announcement, Knott said he would remain in his current position until the end of July 2021.

“I have been blessed to serve as teacher, principal and superintendent,” Knott said Thursday. “I have been blessed to have people in my work life to give so much support along the way.”

Knott was named superintendent for the Escambia County School System in May 2014 replacing Randall Little in the position. Knott has previously served as assistant superintendent for two years. He has also been a teacher in the system and served as principal at W.S. Neal Elementary School in East Brewton before being tapped for the assistant superintendent position in 2012.

Members of the board are now challenged with searching for a replacement for the retiring Knott.