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PETERSBURG, Va. -- Petersburg schools Superintendent, Joseph Melvin is stepping down from his post after the Petersburg City School Board unanimously voted Wednesday night to accept his request to be released from his contract as superintendent of Petersburg City Public Schools.

The move will go into effective October 31, 2015. Melvin’s contract was set to end after this school year, June 30, 2016.

Petersburg County Public Schools said in a press release:

The school board and Dr. Melvin agree that this decision is in the best interest of the school division as it will allow Dr. Melvin to explore other professional opportunities while allowing the school board to immediately begin the search for a new superintendent.

“The school board made this decision after a great deal of discussion and deliberation,” said school board Chairman Kenneth Pritchett, “The board thanks Dr. Melvin for his service to Petersburg City Public Schools and the Petersburg community, and we wish him the best in the future.”

“Throughout this leadership transition, students will continue to remain our focus,” said Pritchett, “The school board, administration, principals, teachers and school staff members, working as a team, are committed to educating all children, maximizing their academic potential, developing skills for lifelong learning, and nurturing them to become successful contributors to society.”

The school board said they will soon name an acting superintendent to lead until a permanent replacement is selected.