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September 18, 2013

Wilmington superintendent resigns

NEW CASTLE — Dr. C. Joyce Nicksick has resigned as superintendent of the Wilmington school district, effective Nov. 25.

Her letter of resignation was distributed to the school board following Monday night’s meeting. It was not announced at the meeting, board president Nancy Bretz said.

“In her letter, she said she was terminating her employment with the Wilmington school district, that she enjoyed working with the district and that she hopes the best for the district and its continued educational programs for the children and the community.”

Bretz added the letter “came as a surprise to many board members. It was not a surprise to me.”

However, Bretz would not say what, if anything, she knows about Nicksick’s reasons for resigning.

“I knew she was planning to move on. I don’t know if she is going to a new job.”

Attempts to reach Nicksick Tuesday were unsuccessful.

William Taylor said he was one of the board members surprised by the announcement.

“She thought that it was time to retire, I guess,” he said, adding, “I’m not aware that she’s considering any other position.”

He said he knows of no other reason for Nicksick’s departure. He noted she has a long daily commute to her home in the Burgettstown area.

Taylor said Nicksick has become a fixture in the district and will be missed.

“I was elected to the school board 10 years ago,” he said. “She was here when I came on the board, unfortunately, she won’t be here when I leave.”

Taylor said Nicksick has “been under a lot of stress” having seen Wilmington through renovations and currently serving as superintendent of record at the county vo-tech school, a position rotated among the eight districts in the county.

Possibly adding to her stress, Taylor noted, the district has no assistant superintendent or curriculum coordinator who could take some of the pressure off the superintendent’s position.

“There are also challenges the state is putting on all school districts to improve academic performance.”

Other recent projects, which included closing the East Lawrence school building in 2011, were unsettling to the community and might have been another stressor for the superintendent, he said.

Nicksick was hired as Wilmington’s superintendent in January, 2003.

She had been acting superintendent since the previous September. She had served as curriculum coordinator for two years prior to that.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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