MASON, OH (FOX19) - Dr. Kevin Bright, the superintendent of Mason City Schools, has announced his resignation amid a sex scandal involving Mason High School teacher and several students.
Bright released the following statement on the Mason City Schools website: "It has been an honor and privilege to serve Mason's families and this community for the last 21 years. I will always cherish the opportunity I had to lead this school district. Having spent 21 of my 37 years in education in Mason, I am deeply appreciative of what this community has given me and my family, and proud of what we were able to achieve together. But, it is now time for me to begin a new adventure."
After his resignation from Mason, Bright will serve as the Assistant Superintendent for the Lakewood School District in northern Ohio.
The Mason City Schools Board of Education will officially accept Bright's resignation during its April 12 meeting. The resignation will be effective on July 31.
Bright's resignation comes after a Mason High School gym teacher, Stacy Schuler, is charged with several counts of sexual battery involving students.
The School Board will announce the process for the search for a new superintendent in the coming weeks.
"The board appreciates Dr. Bright's dedication, determination and accomplishments throughout his time here," said Board President Debbie Delp in a statement on the website. "He saw our district through a challenging time of rapid growth, in which our students achieved at the highest levels in the state. Dr. Bright has been a visionary leader and a strong advocate for our students. He will be greatly missed. Still, we remain committed to our goals and will continue to succeed through the collective efforts of the board, administrators and staff, and the parents and students of our community."
Mason City Schools currently serves 11,000 students.