BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Dr. Edward Pruden told members of the Brunswick County Board of Education Tuesday night he plans to resign as superintendent at the end of the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
In an email to administrative staff about his resignation, Pruden stated that he is leaving to be closer to his family.
"As you know, all three of our children and only grandchild live in Richmond, and we are expecting our second grandchild in October," he wrote. "It is an honor and privilege to serve as superintendent of Brunswick County Schools. I look forward to working with you during the coming year to continue our journey of improving the educational experiences we provide our students."
The Chair of the Board of Education, John Thompson, said board members were not expecting the decision.
"It was pretty much a surprise," Thompson said. "I don't think any board members went into the process expecting the superintendent to resign."
The process he is referring to is a weeks long evaluation that was finalized Tuesday, the same day Dr. Pruden announced his resignation.
Dr. Pruden was ranked "Proficient".
"We started out to do an evaluation, and we ended up doing the evaluation and had the resignation at the conclusion of it," Thompson said.
Dr. Pruden said his resignation is not a result of the evaluation, and the timing is purely coincidental.
"Absolutely not, proficient is a positive rating."
Dr. Pruden became the Superintendent in 2010, and said his family was only planning to stay in the area about five years. He said most superintendents stay on average around three years, so he said he feels like he has provided the school system with stability.
Dr. Pruden said he's proud of what he has been able to accomplish in terms of academic achievement, safety and the quality of life in the schools.
He says there is always room for improvement, no matter what school system you are in, when it comes to test scores. "We've been improving, but I don't think anyone is ever satisfied with that."
It's something he says he'll continue to work to improve until his last day as superintendent in June 2015.