Karen Salmon, superintendent of Bay Shore schools, announced Thursday she will resign from her $255,000-a-year post at the end of the school year in June.
Salmon's contract would have allowed her to continue running the 5,890-student system for an additional year. The schools chief said in a prepared statement that she wants to pursue other career opportunities and spend more time with family members, many of whom live in Maryland.
She added that she was announcing her departure in advance to allow the district time for a smooth transition to another chief administrator.
Salmon, 61, came to Bay Shore in 2013 from Talbot County, Maryland, where she served as superintendent.
"She's a great lady. We're surprised to see her go, and we're disappointed," said Gregory Nardone, president of Bay Shore's school board. "But family is important -- we understand that."
Nardone praised Salmon for taking cost-cutting measures, including energy management, which he said have saved Bay Shore millions of dollars. He noted that the district would not have to pay the final year of the superintendent's contract because of her resignation.
Under Salmon's administration, Bay Shore was one of five districts on Long Island that launched state-funded full-day preschool programs in the fall.
A district news release also cited the superintendent's work in expanding services for students with disabilities, providing all teachers with laptop computers, and establishing a leadership-training program to help prepare students for college and careers.
"I have enjoyed working with a dedicated Board of Education, a professional staff, highly motivated students, involved parents, and a welcoming community here at Bay Shore," Salmon said in her statement. "Together we have accomplished much."
Salmon is the third superintendent hired by Bay Shore since the departure of a longtime chief executive, Evelyn Holman, who was the top administrator from 1994 to 2011. A year ago, the district was identified by the state comptroller's office as one of 16 school systems in Nassau and Suffolk that faced greater-than-average fiscal challenges.