STONINGTON – Schools Superintendent Van Riley has tendered his resignation, but will remain at the helm until his replacement is hired.
“It has been an honor to serve the families and students of the town of Stonington,” Riley said in a district press release.
Riley, who lives in Mystic with his wife, Mary, has been running the school system for nine years.
In a letter to the Stonington School Board, Riley said he gave his advice early so the district would be well placed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic crisis to find a replacement in November following the election of a new advice from the townspeople.
“This is the opportune time for the new board of directors to choose its superintendent,” he said. “We can mutually determine my final date once the new board has a contract candidate.”
The release noted several accomplishments during Riley’s tenure, including advancements in student success, facilities, curriculum, and recruitment and hiring practices.
“For my wife Mary, change is long overdue, but I could not live with myself if I ignored my responsibility to our families and the community during this very difficult time in history,” said Riley. “My goal was to successfully open schools before I announced my retirement, and that goal was met. I intend to stay involved in my field through writing and counseling.”