By Jack Gurner
WATER VALLEY – Dr. Deborah Moran has resigned as Superintendent of Schools for the Water Valley School District.
The resignation was announced Monday night after an hour-long executive session following the regular monthly meeting of the District Board of Trustees.
The Board released a brief statement: “The WVSD reluctantly accepted Dr. Moran’s resignation as Superintendent of Schools effective June 30, 2011. The knowledge, expertise, and caring Dr. Moran brought to the District will be sorely missed. We are currently weighing our options and opportunities to fill the position as quickly as possible.”
Rumors that the superintendent might be leaving began circulating through the community over the weekend after Dr. Moran’s name appeared on a list of candidates for the position of Superintendent of Education in Hancock County.
She is one of three Republican candidates in the four-person race that includes Alan Dedeaux, current superintendent.
Dr. Moran said there are many factors associated with her decision to seek the office. “One is my passion for education. I believe that education is the key to success and I want to continue to give back to the community that my grandchildren will grow up in.
“I see leadership as a service and I feel an obligation to use the talents I have been given. I plan to move home and continue working in education because of my love for learning.”
Dr. Moran will leave the district after completing one year of a two-year contract. She assumed the duties of Superintendent on July 1, 2010, after an eight-month search.
The Board contracted with the Mississippi School Board Association in September of 2009 to head the Superintendent’s search at an eventual cost of $11,749.31 ($9,500, plus expenses).
Commenting on her decision, Dr. Moran said in a written statement: “Every decision I have make to this point in my life has always focused on my family and their well being. Moving to Water Valley was an opportunity for me to not only fulfill a lifelong goal to become Superintendent; moving to Water Valley was an opportunity for me to teach my grandchildren that living life to the fullest sometimes means taking risk and moving outside your comfort zone.
“I was able to make this move and attain my goal with the strong support of my family. Our faith tells us that to truly be happy you have to stand for something larger than yourself.
“Shortly after moving to the Valley, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Fortitude has enabled me to continue to strive to meet my obligations to Water Valley School District. Because my family needs me on the coast, I am faced with a very difficult decision to leave Water Valley.”