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WTVR is reporting: Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Yvonne Brandon is expected to announce she is stepping down from that job at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, school sources told CBS 6 investigative reporter Catie Beck.

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The school system has called a 3 p.m. press briefing “regarding the future of Richmond Public Schools.”

Beck reported Bradon’s departure would come at the end of this school year.

Richmond School Board members and Dr. Brandon had been discussing Brandon’s departure for months, according to Beck’s sources. Last night in a closed school board session, board members learned that the announcement would come today, Beck said.

Brandon was appointed Superintendent of Richmond Schools in Jan. 2009. She was named “Acting Superintendent” in Aug. 2008.

Last fall, seven new members were elected to Richmond’s nine-person school board.

In Nov. 2012, Beck question Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones about his confidence in the Richmond School system under Brandon’s leadership.  She asked the mayor if he is supportive of the leadership that Brandon has provided thus far, specifically if he thinks she’s doing her job.

“I think that I’ve made my thoughts known on the school system and what needs to happen and I’m going to let the school board make those decisions because that’s their job,”  Jones said.

The mayor added that perhaps the most important function of the school board is hiring or firing a superintendent.

“They have enough votes on that board to do anything they want to do, because now it’s up to them–this is where the rubber meets the road,” he added.

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