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Carlynton director of pupil services resigns to focus on family

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 3:51 p.m.

When Lee Myford's resignation takes effect at the end of February, the Carlynton School District will be left without a director of pupil services for the first time in seven years.

School board President David Roussos praised Myford for her work with the district.

“She's a real example of what any of us should be trying to do for a school district — that's to be creative and have ingenuity and a ferocity,” he said. “It's about what's best for the kids, and that's what we've seen from her.”

She said she has found that as her three children — 7-year-old twins and an 11-year-old — have gotten older, their needs have increased.

“They are in a combined eight activities right now, plus school, homework and church,” she said. “I have always averaged working 10-hour days, so it has become impossible to do everything.”

Administrators will fill Myford's vacant position, district spokesman Michale Herrmann said.

The decision to resign did not come easily, she said.

“I have loved my job here,” said Myford, 44. “But it has taken a lot of time from my family.”

She called it “anti” leaning in — the concept of women surging forward in the workplace rather than holding back.

“I looked at my priorities, and I need to spend more time at home,” she said. “My own children need a lot of time right now, and I have dedicated a lot of time to the district.”

As director of pupil services, Myford has been in charge of special education, alternative education, a majority of after-school programming, English language learners, gifted education, the extended-school-year program and several grant programs within the district.

She also earned her superintendent's certificate, which has allowed her to step in as acting superintendent when business or an emergency pulled the superintendent from the office.

Myford said she hopes to leave a legacy of increased student programming that can continue to grow.

“I focused a lot on offering additional opportunities to students that didn't exist before,” she said. “I really tried to put my energy into after-school programs and getting more of our special-education students within the general-education classrooms — increasing inclusion.”

She said she will miss the variety of the job.

“Really, in this position, each day is a different kind of challenge. There is nothing routine about it,” she said. “I try to do everything to the best of my ability, which is probably why it has taken up so much time.”

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