Northwest Public Schools Superintendent Matt Fisher is resigning.

Fisher, 55, announced his resignation Monday morning in an email to staff members. In a phone interview with The Independent, he said he was eligible for retirement at the end of last year and decided that now was the time to retire as Northwest superintendent.

“I came into this year with the idea that after the bond election, I would announce that I was going to retire at that point in time,” Fisher said. “It got to that point and I have been struggling for the last month with what I was going to do. I finally decided I am going to go ahead and do what I planned on doing all along.”

He added his resignation was a “very tough decision” to make, but after “wrestling for the last couple months” on whether or not he was going to retire, he decided retirement was the best decision for him and his family.

“I am certainly not ready to be done working,” Fisher said. “I will probably be looking for something else to do and try that for a while. Who knows, I may end up back in education at some point in time.”

At its meeting Monday night, the Northwest school board elected to convene a special meeting to hear proposals from superintendent search firms and decide on a firm. That meeting is expected to be sometime next week.

Fisher was asked if his retirement is connected to possible irregularities in a Northwest show choir account, reported last year.

“No, it is not,” he said. “I had come into this school year with the idea that I was probably going to retire at the end of this year.”

Fisher has served as Northwest superintendent since July 1, 2012. Prior to taking his role at Northwest, he was the superintendent of Chase County Schools in Imperial.

Independent reporter Jeff Bahr contributed to this story.

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