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School Superintendent offers her resignation to school board

by Kate Evans

Kristen Tuttle

Morgan County Schools Superintendent Kristen Tuttle on Tuesday night offered her resignation as Superintendent  to the Morgan County School Board. The announcement took place at the March 5 regular school board meeting. Tuttle’s announcement came after a mid-meeting executive session about personnel. The resignation would take effect at the end of June, she said.

Tuttle read the following statement about her resignation to school board members, staff and others that were in attendance:

“It is with a heavy heart and mixed emotions that I announce that I will be resigning from my position as superintendent at the end of June this year. After much reflection, I have decided to explore new opportunities that align with my professional and personal growth objectives and belief systems. I am so thankful to the Board for the privilege of serving as Morgan County’s Superintendent for the past five years. I am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together and of the significant advancements in academic excellence, improved and efficient processes and community and family involvement. I am grateful for the support and dedication of the entire Morgan County Schools community, including our talented educators, committed staff, involved parents, and amazing students. I believe that the foundation we have built together over the past five years will continue to promote future success in Morgan County Schools. I look forward to staying connected with the Morgan County Schools community and witnessing the continued success and achievements that lie ahead. It has truly been an honor to be part of such a remarkable school system and to work alongside such wonderful people.”

Tuttle provided a copy of the statement to The Morgan Messenger after the meeting.

School board president Aaron Close expressed gratitude to Tuttle for the heart and soul that she put into her efforts in the school system. He noted that the superintendent’s position can take a heavy toll and wished Tuttle the best.

School board members have placed the matter for discussion and a decision on the agenda for their March 19 meeting. That meeting will be held at Paw Paw Schools at 6 p.m.

Tuttle served a one-year term as Interim School Superintendent from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 after former School Superintendent Dr. Erich May resigned to accept a superintendent position in Pennsylvania. Tuttle was next approved for a three-year employment term as Superintendent from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023. The Morgan County School Board voted last year to elect Superintendent Tuttle to serve a four-year term as Superintendent beginning July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2027.

Tuttle previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Morgan County Schools, Secondary Education and Career Technical Education Director, Berkeley Springs High School Principal and Assistant Principal and Berkeley Springs High School business education teacher.

She is married to Morgan County Commissioner Joel Tuttle.