De Soto After three years with the DeSoto school district, Supt. Glenn Coltharp announced his resignation at Monday night's school board meeting, saying he wants to return to working more closely with students.
"I miss being around kids," Coltharp said in a phone interview this morning. "It was just one of those situations that my wife and I have been thinking of for awhile."
He has applied for administrative positions both within and outside the DeSoto school district and hopes to find a job as a principal. Before coming to DeSoto, he was an elementary principal in Olathe for three years.
Coltharp will stay in his existing position until the end of June.
He came to the district in 1988 as assistant superintendent to Supt. Harold Vestal. When Vestal retired in May 1990, Coltharp was named his replacement.
In his letter of resignation, Coltharp wrote, "I am interested in returning to a position in which I can once again directly impact the educational process for our youth."
Kathleen Ross, DeSoto School Board member, said the board will meet next Tuesday in executive session to begin the process of finding a new superintendent. Although his resignation came as a surprise to most members of the board, she said Coltharp was courteous to give the board plenty of advance notice.
"I honor his wishes and if he wishes to be back with children, I think that's totally acceptable," she said.