CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia schools superintendent Steven Paine says he's retiring later this year to tend to a family member with serious medical issues.
In a statement Wednesday, Paine said he will leave the post by the end of June or sooner depending on when his replacement is chosen.
The retirement announcement comes after serious upheaval in the state's education system, with teachers holding walk-outs over the last two years.
Paine was the state's deputy schools superintendent before taking on the top role between 2005 and 2011.
He returned to the post in 2017.
The education board is tasked with finding his replacement.