UPDATE: January 8, 2014, 5:25 p.m.
Columbia public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said he will retire and take a new job at the University of Missouri.
Belcher sent a letter to the Columbia Board of Education about his decision this afternoon.
Belcher has been working in public education for 32 years which makes him eligible to retire and receive the maximum benefits.
His new job is a faculty member for the University of Missouriâ??s College of Education.
Belcher said, â??A job opened up at the University that appealed to me. I checked into it. It was an opportunity for me to stay in Columbia and stay connected to Columbia Public Schools and take advantage of the retirement system that I am in.â??
Belcherâ??s last day as school superintendent is June 30.
Original Story:Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher has announced his retirement.Belcher will step down effective June 30th and take a faculty position at the University of Missouriâ??s College of Education.In a letter to the Board of Education Belcher said, "The decision was more emotional than I anticipated. It has been an honor to serve this boardâ??the best Board of Education for whom I have ever worked."He has served as Superintendent for the last five years.