Glen Cove City Schools superintendent Joseph Laria announced his pending resignation at Monday's school board meeting, citing "personal and professional reasons" for his departure effective June 30, 2013.
"My notice is submitted early in the school year to give the Board sufficient time to complete a superintendent search unencumbered by the pressures of time and by other important issues during the upcoming months," Laria said in a public letter addressed to the board's trustees.
Laria said in the letter that the decision was not arrived at easily, but that "now is the time to turn the page and establish more of a balance in a new chapter of my life as I approach 70 years of age."
Laria was named interim superintendent in May 2010 after Laurence Aronstein retired from the position. He was appointed as the board's pick for the next three years in 2011. He will be leaving one year shy of that appointment's duration.
He stated in his resignation letter that he will continue to work diligently on behalf of the distric's students and families "until the last minute of the last hour of my last day in Glen Cove," and that a timely search will enable him to work with his replacement to ensure a smooth transition.
"Despite differences we've sometimes had, our shared beliefs and values parallel only this one central question...what is ultimately the best for the children and the families we serve?" he wrote.