Colquitt County School Board has accepted the resignation of Schools Superintendent Leonard McCoy, who will work through June 2012, his 12th year at the helm of the system.

The board also approved a $72.05 million general fund budget on Monday.

McCoy said Tuesday that after 12 years it is time for the school system to have some new leadership.

“I am resigning for one reason and one reason only,” he said in an email statement.  “It is my opinion that it is time for a change both in leadership of the Colquitt County schools and for a professional change for me.”

McCoy said he made the decision, which he announced earlier to school personnel, in order to give the board time to find a suitable replacement.

He said he is thankful for his time in the school system.

“I deeply appreciate having the privilege and honor of serving as superintendent of the Colquitt County schools, a position I have for some time characterized as being one of the best superintendent’s jobs in Georgia.”

Meanhwile, the budget approved Monday restores two instructional days to the school calendar. Last year the system cut back six days, including three instructional days.  Overall the budget will use about $1.5 million in reserve funds to balance the spending plan.

That is expected to bring the reserve account down to about $7.2 million at the end of the next fiscal year, June 30, 2010.

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