BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Retirement plans didn't last long for Superintendent Dr. Valerie Truesdale. She announced she's taking a new job in North Carolina and will start this October.
Truesdale says it all happened pretty quickly. She says education is her passion and she wasn't ready to give it up.
After 30 years in education, Truesdale announced last Friday that she'd be retiring from South Carolina Schools and just days later she accepted a job with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, where she will be the Chief Information Officer, focusing on their technology department.
She said changes to the state's retirement system prompted her to start thinking about retirement as well as the fact she wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren. Come this fall, she'll be closer to them in North Carolina.
"It was an attractive opportunity that came about because my grandchildren are in that particular school system and that's a really great way to think about contributing yourself not only to all the children but those who are personally connected to you," said Truesdale.
Truesdale will be going from a school district with about 20,000 children to one of the largest school districts in the country with 140,000 children.
The longtime educator said that in the meantime she will be focusing on getting ready for the first day of school.
She said that with the leaders and principals in place in Beaufort County schools, she feels confident in leaving.