- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) - The president of the Boone County Board of Education has abruptly resigned.

Media outlets report 50-year-old Mark Sumpter signed his resignation letter Friday in the office of Superintendent Jeff Huffman after emailing it earlier in the week.

While the school district has been dealing with financial problems and possible school closures, Sumpter said his resignation didn’t have to do with these difficulties. He cited a combination of personal and professional events, like the death of his mother, which led to his decision.

The school board has 45 days to vote on Sumpter’s replacement. If they cannot find a suitable replacement, the West Virginia State School Board has the right to appoint a replacement.

Earlier this year, former superintendent John Hudson also left Boone County for the same position in Putnam County.

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