POMONA — You never want to overstay your welcome, Dotson Bradbury said.
Bradbury, West Franklin school district superintendent, said he submitted his resignation to staff and the board of education Monday afternoon. He still has two years left on his contract, but his resignation would be effective June 30, 2014, he said.
“I think it’s time,” Bradbury, Pomona, said. “My mother used to say ‘You never want to overstay your welcome,’ and to always leave them wanting more. I’m blessed to have had the privilege to serve the past seven years. We have great kids, it’s a great district and I’ve enjoyed it.”
Bradbury has been in a superintendent position for 13 years, he said.
“My first superintendency was for three years in Moran [Kansas] at Marmaton Valley,” he said. “Before West Franklin I was at Prairie View in La Cygne for three years.”
He’s not retiring, but he’s not actively seeking another position either, Bradbury, 67, said.
“There’s not a job I’m pursuing,” he said. “My wife would like me to retire, but I haven’t made up my mind and I probably won’t until after June.”
His reasoning for submitting his resignation at this time was to give board members sufficient time to find a new superintendent, he said.
“I did it now because it’s a good time in terms of the board being able to get the word out,” he said. “It’s early in the hiring season and so that means the pool will not be depleted. The board can have the opportunity to get in the pool while there are few vacancies and provide them the greatest possible opportunity in selecting from a wide array of candidates.”
Historically the board has used the Kansas Board of Education when seeking and hiring a new superintendent, he said, but that doesn’t mean they have to choose that route.
“I don’t want to speak for the board by any means — that’s just what they’ve done [in the past],” he said. “[The board] will accept my resignation at the November board meeting unless they want to do it earlier.”
Jackie Robbins, board president, said board members were expected to discuss Bradbury’s resignation at the special meeting Monday night.
“We have the planning [Monday night], and I’m sure that’s going to be a priority now,” Robbins said. “Not having ever gone through this before, [going through the Kansas Board of Education] probably sounds like the logical way to go about finding a new superintendent.”
Bradbury’s resignation came as a shock, Robbins said.
“I didn’t see this coming at all,” she said. “I was surprised. I’m sure none of the other members knew about it any sooner than I did.”
Having served seven years at West Franklin, Bradbury said he’s not sure he’s ready to quit just yet.
“I’m not sure whether I’m ready to finish or not,” he said. “Maybe somebody needs an interim [superintendent] to get them through the year. I wish the district, board and staff the best — they’ve been terrific and it’s been a privilege to serve.”