The superintendent of the Carroll County Public Schools said he would not seek another contract at the end of his term on June 30, 2018.
Stephen Guthrie made the announcement on July 25.
“This is a decision that I made when I applied for the position,” Guthrie told the Times. “Two terms was all I was interested in serving.”
Guthrie joined CCPS in 2010 as superintendent. During his tenure he said he formed strong relationships and learned how to be an administrator and teacher.
Guthrie believes that changing leaders every eight to 10 years is important for progress to continue in an educational institute.
According to a news release from the school system, Guthrie served as a school counselor, social studies teacher, assistant superintendent of administration and director of human resources, prior to his positions as superintendent.
Declining state funding has impacted the school system’s enrollment numbers over the past few years. Three schools in the district, including New Windsor Middle, Charles Carroll Elementary and North Carroll High, closed at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
Guthrie said he will seek other opportunities in education after his contract ends.