CHESHIRE — The superintendent of Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will step down from her post at the end of June.
Kristen Gordon told members of the School Committee on Monday that she has officially tendered her resignation, and the board modified her contract to terminate on June 30.
Gordon did not identify a specific reason why she has chosen to leave her post, to which she was appointed in 2012 after serving as the principal at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School for nearly a decade.
In an email to The Eagle on Tuesday, Gordon indicated that she was tired of working "70- to 80-hour weeks" and wished to return to being a building administrator.
"The timing is very tricky because this is when the jobs are all posted," Gordon said. "So if I 'wait' until I possibly get a job, I will be leaving ACRSD in the lurch with unacceptable time to find a replacement. So this is the way that it has to be done."
Rumors had circulated around the town for weeks about Gordon's employment status with the district.
"I know that some folks are looking for a bigger story than this but there is not a big story," Gordon said. "I had to take a bit of time off for personal reasons. The reasons are quite personal to me and my family so I'm not going to share with anyone," Gordon told The Eagle in an email on Tuesday.
Still, it was not exactly clear that she would resign this week, and was not listed on the public agenda for Monday's meeting.
"I didn't know until it happened that it would really happen," committee member Ed St. John IV told The Eagle on Tuesday.
Gordon said that she will continue to work hard for the district until she leaves.
"I have developed many wonderful relationships with staff, students, family and many community members. ACRSD is my home," Gordon said.
The loss of Gordon will quickly set off a search process for a new superintendent, which usually lasts months.
The district is in the midst of crafting a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a process that committee members will continue ahead uninterrupted by Gordon's announcement.
"We've been meeting consistently on that, discussing with department heads, and we had a great meeting last Thursday ... about the budget," St John said. "Obviously that's an ongoing process, but it's something that we haven't lost sight of."
School Committee Chairman Paul Butler and Vice Chairwoman Darlene Rodowicz could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.