Steven Taylor announced his retirement Friday as Superintendent of Wayne County Public Schools, surprising his staff at a meeting of principals, Central Office staff and guests.
"It has been my distinct honor and privilege to have served the children, staff, parents, and community in this administrative role for the past 13 years," Taylor said in a statement. "I have enjoyed my tenure as superintendent and am leaving only because I wish to spend more time with my wife and family.
"I would be remiss if I did not say
that this was a difficult decision to make, especially with the continued
support I have received from district stakeholders and all of the various
members elected to our Board of Education throughout my administrative career."
Taylor gave his official letter of retirement to the Board of Education on Wednesday. He offered his assistance with the transition. His last official date of employment will be June 30. .
Taylor is a Wayne County native. He
graduated from Charles B. Aycock in 1976. After attending Wayne Community
College and East Carolina University, he entered the education field in 1980 as
a Drivers Education teacher with Tarboro City Schools.
In 1984, Taylor earned his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Michigan State University. Taylor returned to Wayne County
Public Schools in 1985 as Director of Transportation. Since then, he has worked as Principal, Assistant to the Superintendent, Personnel Assistant, Director of Personnel Services and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.
In July 2000, Taylor was named Superintendent
of Wayne County Public Schools.