SAN JOSE — John Porter, superintendent of the Franklin-McKinley School District, has announced he will retire at the end of the school year.

Porter, 68, said he hoped to continue to be involved in issues such as education and poverty but first plans to travel and spend time with family.

“Things are going well in the district,” he said. “I feel proud of our accomplishments.”

He joined the 11,200-student district in 2006, after being a school superintendent in New Jersey and working with a Washington, D.C., think tank, the National Center on Education and the Economy. Previously, he was a superintendent in Oroville and an administrator in Pasadena.

Under Porter, the district has not only made academic gains but also has welcomed charter schools — in contrast to districts that have regarded the independently run schools with hostility — and begun learning partnerships with them.

Porter also has been the architect of the Franklin-McKinley Children”s Initiative, which covers a 40-block area in one of San Jose”s poorest neighborhoods and seeks to engage with low-income parents beginning before their children are born. A centerpiece of that initiative is EduCare, an education and child-care program for parents and children ages 0 to 5. A building housing that center, part of a public-private partnership, is expected to open its doors in August.

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