Craig For Joel Sheridan, Moffat County School District assistant superintendent, the time has come.
"It's just time, after 36 years," he said.
Sheridan intends to retire June 30, the date his employment contract expires.
At the School Board meeting Dec. 20, board members voted to approve Sheridan's resignation, making official his decision to step down from the position.
"I'm announcing (my retirement) so far in advance so they have time to find a replacement," Sheridan said, adding that candidates for the assistant superintendent position usually begin applying in the first three months of the year.
"There's no question in my mind they'll be able to hire" before June 30, he said.
His announcement has generated interest from potential job applicants within the district, Sheridan said.
To date, no district employees have officially announced their decision to apply for the job.
"At this time, it's kind of speculative," Superintendent Pete Bergmann said. "I think we have some good (employees) in the district, but they haven't formally applied."
As assistant superintendent, Sheridan was responsible for overseeing curriculum, personnel, staff development and district technology. The position duties likely will remain the same for Sheridan's replacement, Bergmann said.
Sheridan has served the school district for 16 years, including 10 as Moffat County High School principal.
He said his greatest accomplishment as assistant superintendent was further developing the district's professional development program, which included providing teacher training and support.
"It's really been a pleasure to work with Joel through the years," said Bergmann, who has worked with Sheridan throughout his tenure in Moffat County. "He's contributed a lot to Moffat County School District. It will be a void not easily filled when he retires."
Until his resignation takes effect, Sheridan will continue to carry out his duties, which include helping Bergmann oversee a $29.5 million district-wide construction project that voters approved last year.
Sheridan said the bond issue didn't influence his retirement decision.
"This has been on my mind for the last eight or 10 years," he said. "It's just a right time."
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