Bridgehampton School Principal Dr. Jack Pryor, who has held his post for the past eight years, announced this week that he is resigning at the end of the school year on June 30.
Dr. Pryor, who recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership, said he was ready to “try other things.” He said it was too early for him to announce his next step, but he hinted that he may be looking at positions in higher education.
He completed his doctoral thesis on rethinking school district organization on the South Fork this month.
“I am a firm believer that eight years is a long enough time to put in place the things you hope to change in the school district,” he said, noting that he had been at the helm when the district started offering Advanced Placement courses and built a greenhouse, for example. “I am ready to try other things, and I feel that different leadership might be better for the school.”
Dr. Pryor, who said his final base salary was $150,394, said the district is allowing him to use a retirement incentive to resign, not retire. “The incentive was the right incentive at the right time,” he said. “I’m ready to try something else.”
Dr. Pryor was hired by Bridgehampton on July 1, 2005.
In a letter dated Tuesday and sent to “parents, guardians, neighbors and friends,” he thanked everyone for the opportunity to have worked in Bridgehampton. “I appreciate your allowing me to be part of your life, and I wish you all the best in the future with much love, happiness and success,” he wrote.