BREAKING NEWS: Superintendent Dr. Mitchell takes leave of absence

Dr. Diana Mitchell

Dr. Diana Mitchell

CAMBRIDGE – The Dorchester Banner learned Tuesday morning that Superintendent of Public Schools Dr. Diana Mitchell had taken a leave of absence. The Board of Education also announced that Beth Wilson had been appointed Administrator-In-Charge of Public Schools.

Dr. Mitchell served in her post for more than a year of a four-year term. She was announced as the new superintendent on May 22, 2017.

Her term has been marked not only by strong support, but also criticism. Following an incident of multiple fights and arrests at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School this spring, there were calls for her resignation.

The full text of the board’s announcement, posted on social media around 8 a.m., is, “Due to the leave of absence of the Superintendent, Dr. Diana Mitchell, Mrs. Beth Wilson will be the Administrator-In-Charge of Dorchester County Public Schools.”

School officials did not respond immediately to requests for information. To reach the Board of Education, call 410-228-4747.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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