Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) Superintendent of Schools, Robert Boyle, has submitted his resignation effective at 4 p.m. Monday.
Boyle served the district for 11 years and in his resignation letter said he believes now is the time for a new superintendent to lead the district.
He said it is a perfect time to make a change in leadership for the district.
The district has been tainted in recent months over revelations that teachers had been working on an expired union contract with negotiations that were fruitless. Another issue involves a former local pastor and high school culinary arts teacher who was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor. That teacher, Doug Edwards, retired earlier this years and was arrested for allegations of sexual assault.
A complaint was filed with the school board against Boyle in connection to the case against Edwards.
Beth Lougee will serve as acting Superintendent until the School Board appoints an interim or permanent Superintendent at its January meeting. Lougee holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Superintendency and currently holds an Alaska Administrative Certificate as well as elementary education, special education and K-12 Counseling endorsements.
Currently, Lougee is serving as District-wide Curriculum Director and oversees Federal Programs, Assessments and Professional Development.