Despite this commitment, Erwin announced in October 2006 that she would retire in July. The Daily Herald quipped, "Erwin certainly is prepared for retirement" and pointed out that she would now receive pension money from districts in Illinois, Arizona, Texas, and possibly Indiana. (Indiana is apparently unconfirmable)
Josh Stockinger of the Kane County Daily Herald reports:
This is at least the third public education job Erwin has sought since announcing in October her early retirement from St. Charles District 303.
The veteran educator said Thursday she reconsidered retirement after being contacted by job recruiters for school systems in at least three states.
She added she wasn’t completely sold on retirement when she decided to leave St. Charles — a move she attributed to “differences in philosophy” with the school board.
“I would’ve stayed in St. Charles had the leadership been different,” she said.
Superintendents “serve at the will of the board, and there were just very significant differences in philosophy,” Erwin said. “I chose to retire. I never intended to go home and knit.”
Erwin wouldn’t specify the differences, saying she didn’t want to “stir things up” by airing frustrations.
A Chicago native previously named superintendent of the year in Texas, Erwin has spent 36 years in education. She was hired in St. Charles in 2004 and is slated to leave at the end of the school year.
If hired in Kentucky, Erwin would oversee about 1,240 public schools, consisting of more than 650,000 students and 50,000 teachers.