PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia announced he is resigning as of July 1.
"It is a good time to hand it down," Frataccia said, adding he believes he is leaving the district at a good point -- fiscally sound and academically achieving.
When Frataccia was appointed in 2012, replacing Michael Berta, he said then he would take the job for two years. Frataccia served as the district's associate superintendent since 2005.
"I know I am really good in nine-, 10-year cycles. I need to be needed, need to be in a place to offer redirection or I need to be teaching," he said.
Frataccia said he is looking at other options and, while he hasn't received a contract offer, returning to Valparaiso Community Schools is "not out of the question."
He also said he is considering teaching at a university.
Frataccia was director of elementary education at Valparaiso from 1992 to 1995 before taking a 10-year term as superintendent at Union Township Schools.
Frataccia said he is announcing his resignation now to give the School Board enough time to find a replacement.
"We've really done a lot and the proud thing is, we've done a lot when the lives of our kids and their mommas and daddies have been challenged by this economy," Frataccia said.
Some 60 percent of PTS students receive free and reduced lunch. While the district's state grade slipped to a "C" this year, the district received an "A" last year.
"We have been recognized as an exemplary school district, two schools have achieved Blue Ribbon status and the state of Indiana has graded our high school as an 'A' high school," Frataccia said. "Six of our eight elementary schools are graded as an 'A' or 'B' and the two middle schools are achieving better than ever."