MARTINSVILLE — Martinsville’s school superintendent and assistant superintendent both have resigned.

Superintendent Michele Moore and Assistant Superintendent Terry Terhune will both leave the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville this summer.

“At some point, you have to pass the baton to someone else,” Moore said. “That time is now.”

Moore cited the ongoing opposition she’s had to confront in recent years as a contributing factor to the timing of her departure.

“I’m just tired,” she said. “Five years is a long time. ... I knew within the next year, I needed to leave. But anything else we need to do was going to be a fight, and that’s not healthy for the community.”

Moore sent a district-wide email Friday morning about her decision to step down as the district’s superintendent.

“It has been a whirlwind here,” Moore said in the email. “We have spent five years moving the needle in our community and I am thankful for all the things big and small you have done for me both professional and personally.”

Moore and school board members have faced criticism from some people in the community in recent years, with some critics going so far as to produce yard signs that read “No Moore” back in 2017. Last week, the group — once again upset with recent moves by the school district — put out another rallying cry to meet at a parking lot in the city to distribute new “No Moore” signs.

For the superintendent, that level of discourse and degree of discord was not going to be in the community’s best interest.

“I’ve decided it’s not worth it to the good people in the community to go to war,” Moore said, adding that a school district’s success depends on “the cooperation of everyone.”

Despite the opposition she’s faced in her tenure as superintendent, Moore said her litmus test for the decisions she’s made has always been to ask, “What’s best for the kids?”

She highlighted accomplishments such as the specialized focus within the elementary schools, the updates to the technology infrastructure, the day care program, the wellness center, facility updates, the renewed emphasis on vocational training, the balanced budget, higher teacher salaries and improved transparency within the district.

“That’s why I sleep well at night,” she said.

Moore plans to focus on her consulting business, Hoosier School Services.

“I plan to focus on helping districts manage change like we have in Martinsville, especially in declining enrollment,” Moore noted in her email.

Terhune, meanwhile, will take on a new role with the Avon Community School Corp. He made that announcement following the Martinsville School District board’s regular meeting Thursday night.

The last day for both administrators will be June 30.

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