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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County’s school superintendent says the coming school year will be his last.

Dr. Edward Pruden told the school board about his decision last night. This announcement came right after Pruden’s annual evaluation.

“We did an evaluation and came out with a resignation in the conclusion,” Brunswick County School Board Chair John Thompson said.

The school board said Pruden received a rating that is one level lower than it was last year, but it is hard to compare, because they did the evaluation much differently.

“I don’t think it necessarily has to reflect poorly,” Thompson said. “I think it reflects that the board sees continued improvement, and I think the superintendent would have to agree with that.”

Pruden had two years left on his contract, but he says he is the one cutting it short.

“The board has asked me to stay another year,” Pruden said. “I actually had a two-year extension, and it was my request that they consider my resignation for June 30 of 2015.”

He says his decision has nothing to do with the evaluation. It is a family decision.

“We have a grandchild coming in October; our second,” Pruden said. “All three of our children live in the Richmond area, and it’s time for us to go home and be with family.”

Thompson said Pruden had a good run in the public schools.

“He’s been at it 40 years. That’s a long time,” Thompson said. “Nobody walks out of school being a great teacher. But certainly with the right nurturing and the right support, great teachers emerge. So that’s one of the things I would say is a legacy.”

The school board says it has plenty of time to find a replacement. They will start the process in January.

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