Liverpool (WSYR-TV) – Liverpool Central School District Superintendent Richard Johns has revealed he is taking medical leave to explore having a heart transplant.
He wrote a public letter that was released Wednesday. In it, he said, “If it was of my own choosing I would certainly perform my job for many more years, however, factors have emerged which will not allow me to do so.”
Johns said he is working with a team of doctors at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester to explore receiving a new heart.
He has been the superintendent in Liverpool for four years.
Full letter from Richard Johns:
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
An Open Letter to the Liverpool District
When I first came to the District I felt an immediate connection to the Liverpool community. I have come to love the students of Liverpool as if they were my own children and have always attempted to provide the leadership and make the decisions that are in their best interests.
The charges that I was given by the Board that hired me were difficult but clearly a labor of love for me throughout my superintendency. It has been an honor to pursue these charges. The unified effort of a very dedicated and talented teaching staff, administration and support staff has been incredible.
If it was of my own choosing I would certainly perform my job for many more years, however, factors have emerged which will not allow me to do so.
I am currently working with a medical team at Strong Hospital to explore receiving a new heart.
While it is impossible for me to predict my future health status, I remain available to my staff for consultation with any situation that arises while I am on medical leave.
Dr. Richard N. Johns,
Superintendent of Liverpool School District