LANCASTER - Garrard County school Superintendent Ray Woolsey will retire at the end of the school year.
Woolsey, who announced his retirement last year before reconsidering, said he is sure about the decision this time.
"It's just time," he said. "I have had 40 years in education, and I feel like I have accomplished what I can here."
Woolsey also cited the strain from mounting financial concerns.
"I'm tired of having to tell people they don't have a job. It has been a very tough year."
Woolsey said he is happy about maintaining full-day kindergarten and free preschool and pleased that the new high school, which is under construction on Industry Road, will be the "most outstanding building in the county."
"I am very satisfied that we made continued growth as far as assessment. It hasn't been dramatic, but we made progress every year and I credit our teachers. I am most proud of our teachers."