ELIZABETH - Wirt County Schools Superintendent Dan Metz is stepping down. His retirement is on the Wirt County Board of Education agenda for 6 p.m. Tuesday.
"There comes a time when it is just time," he said.
Metz, who has worked in the Wirt County School System for 33 years and spent nine years as superintendent, notified board members via email Friday. His last day on the job in Wirt County will be Aug. 30.
"I'm not mad at anybody; it is just time," he said. "I feel good about it."
In January, Metz was given a one-year contract and a raise by board members. The one-year deal bumped his pay from almost $89,000 to $91,357. Metz's contract was approved by a 3-2 vote.
With one exception, Metz said he's always received a one-year deal.
The 55-year-old Metz is eligible for retirement in August. Wirt County is the only place he's worked as an educator.
Metz said he has at least two other job offers he'd like to explore, including one with statewide responsibilities.
"A part of me would like to stay, but I am ready to retire," he said. "It is 100 percent my decision."
Metz said he does not know when board members will begin their search for a replacement, but said he'll assist if needed.
"If they want me to stay and help I would. If they don't, that's their call."