“I have grown as an educator, administrator, leader, and most importantly, as a person, during my tenure here,” Downs told Buford families. “What has made this decision so difficult is the thought of not serving this community. Your impact will forever be felt in my life.”
Downs said he will assist the school board with the search for a new superintendent and transition process.
He took office more than two years ago during a turbulent time in Buford, amid a scandal after the previous superintendent, Geye Hamby, was caught on tape making profane, racist and threatening statements.
A racial discrimination lawsuit involving Hamby’s rant was settled late last year.