Riverhead Schools Superintendent Nancy Carney plans to retire next August.
Carney informed the Riverhead Board of Education of her decision last night and today sent an email out to district staff.
The superintendent said in the email she has “mixed emotions” about the decision.
“Time goes by so quickly and life is fragile. I look forward to spending time traveling, visiting my children who live out of state, and exploring other interests,” Carney said in the email, which was obtained by RiverheadLOCAL.
Carney was elevated to the role of superintendent upon the retirement of Diane Scricca in June 2010. She had previously served the district as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
She said she gave the board members notice now to allow them sufficient time to conduct a full search for her replacement.
“We have eight months left together and I plan on using every one of those days to continue to support the important work you are all doing,” Carney wrote.
“The Riverhead school district is a wonderful place because of your dedication and hard work. It has been a privilege working here,” she said.
Neither Carney nor Board of Education president Susan Koukounas could be immediately be reached for comment.