An admittedly emotional Dr. Kathleen Kelley, Williamsport Area School District superintendent, informed the school board Tuesday that she intends to retire at the end of the school year.
Kelley has led the district for seven years. Her retirement is effective June 30.
"It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve the district and its dedicated school board, administration and staff. Together we have worked hard to accomplish many achievements over the past seven years, especially in the areas of academics and finances," Kelley read from a letter during her announcement.
Board members wished Kelley luck as she moves on from the district. Lori Baer, board president, thanked Kelley for her guidance.
Board member David Stone Jr. said he was "Millionaire proud" of her for all that she brought to the district.
Thomas Zimmerman, board vice president, added that Kelley's leadership was an asset to the district during her tenure.
"The level of professionalism at a time when it needed it is unquestioned," Zimmerman said.
Kelley added that she enjoyed her time at Williamsport and wished the district luck.
"There will always be a fond place in my heart for this school district and community. My best wishes are extended as the district moves forward in all its future endeavors," she said. "I will always remain Millionaire proud."
But Kelley noted that until her tenure ends, there is work to be done.
"And it will be business as usual until June 30," she announced with a laugh.