ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) - Isle of Wight Division Superintendent Katrise Perera announced her decision to leave her position with the county's schools on May 17.
Perera said the decision will best serve her family "in light of recent occurrences," according to Kenita Bowers with IOW County Schools.
A source confirms Perera's planned resignation is due to Vice Chairman of the IOW County Board of Supervisors Byron Bailey's offensive comments and emails -- emails that were first sent out by School Board member Herb DeGroft, Perera's boss -- and the budget battle. Perera walked out of the meeting when she heard his "South will rise again" comment.
Perera was unavailable for comment today, but she is also a finalist for a job in St. Lucie County Florida.
"Isle of Wight County Schools has numerous dedicated and committed staff members who care enormously about our students," said Perera in a recent statement to school division faculty and staff. "I will be forever grateful for their efforts. As I explore my options, please know that I will continue to give my all to this division."
If Perera submits her resignation, the IOW School Board will make decisions about the school division's leadership change.
"We understand the decision [Perera] has made," said IOW County School Board Chairman Robert Eley. "The School Board stands behind her and will continue to stand behind her as long as she is employed with the Isle of Wight County School Board."
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