Superintendent of Pineville Independent Schools, Terry Hayes tendered his resignation on Tuesday.
Earlier in the week, Hayes informed the Pineville Independent School Board he had accepted a position as superintendent for another district in western Kentucky.
In a statement read to the board, Hayes said, “I want to thank the board, the community, staff, students and everyone else that made me and my family feel so welcome when we arrived in Pineville. Your support has been, and always will be appreciated.”
He went on to say, “I wish everyone involved only the best. I encourage you to continue improving the test scores, finances and especially the tail gates on Friday nights. Pineville will always have a place in the hearts of the Hayes family. I appreciated the opportunity to serve the students and staff of this community. Your belief in me allowed me to be more than I ever dreamed that I could be. This chapter of our lives has ended, it is time for us to move on. It is time for someone else to continue the forward progress of this community school.”
The board approved and accepted Hayes’ resignation. His current contract will end July 31.
“Three years ago, when Mr. Hayes came in we were on shaky ground,” said Pineville School Board chair, Ann Combs Gaines. “From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank him enough for what he has done for us and this school system. He is a man of vision, and I will forever be indebted to him for that and he will always be a friend to Pineville.”
Board member Josh Howard concurred and added, “Every thing positive that has happened to us over these last three years is because of superintendent Hayes.”
Hayes will be taking the position of superintendent in McLean County, Kentucky. He has also been recently appointed to the Commissioner’s Superintendents Advisory Board, to serve and advise along with other superintendents from around the state.
The board expects to have an experienced and qualified interim superintendent in place very soon to serve in Hayes’ stead — until he can be replaced permanently.
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