NEW MILFORD — After more than 30 years with the district, Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote announced her retirement Tuesday night.

Paddyfote told the New Milford Board of Education she will retire effective Jan. 31, 2016. She began her career with New Milford schools in 1981 as the head of special services. Paddyfote then served as director of pupil personnel until 2001. Paddyfote became superintendent in 2005, after serving three years as interim superintendent and one year as assistant superintendent.

“I’ve been thinking about this for the last three years,” Paddyfote said Wednesday. “I’ve had 41

years in education in Connecticut. It’s time.”

“I’m very fortunate,” she said. “I worked with many supportive faculty and staff members over the year. I certainly appreciate all of the people I’ve had the opportunity to work with. Over the years there have been many changes in board members, staff and educational initiatives. But one constant has been that members of the school community really work hard to assure the schools are top notch. I see wonderful things happening every day, opportunities to positively affect so many children’s lives.”

Angie Chastain, chairwoman of the Board of Education, praised Paddyfote’s devotion to students.

“Dr. Paddyfote has been an exemplary superintendent and the New Milford Board of Education will miss her leadership,” Chastain, said. “During her time as superintendent, she has been extremely devoted to the students, staff and parents of New Milford. We wish her every happiness in her retirement and hope she will look back on her time at New Milford Public Schools with fond memories.”

Paddyfote recently received a 2 percent raise when she signed a new three-year contract with the district worth $208,000 a year. Paddyfote’s 2015 evaluation showed the highest accumulative rating she has received during her career as superintendent of schools.

But not everyone has been pleased with Paddyfote.

Teachers in the district launched a complaint about packing and unpacking requirements with the transition of classrooms to other schools and filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board regarding a viewed breach of contract in the number of after-school meetings and parent conferences in the 2015-16 school year. In the final weeks of the 2014-15 school year, teachers wore buttons that read “It’s All About Respect.”