On Friday afternoon principal notified students and faculty of his decision to retire early.
Kickemuit Middle School principal Michael Carbone originally planned to finish out the school year and retire next June, but after another opportunity presented itself, Carbone told students and faculty that his retirement would come much earlier than expected.
Superintendent Melinda Thies said that she could not release too much information about Carbone's change but that she and Carbone had discussed his decision to pursue an opportunity in the private sector last Wednesday.
"It was a little bit of a surprise to me as well," Thies said. "But I don't want to say too much because I have not yet received a formal letter from him or the official change in date."
Thies said that as the sole principal of the middle school for the last 18 years, Carbone is "incredibly devoted to the school community."
Though his official retirement date has not been released at this point, Thies said that there is a plan in place for Carbone's job transition.