Embattled Bertie County Superintendent Resigns

The embattled Bertie County school superintendent has resigned.

Dr. Chip Zullinger was suspended nearly two weeks ago, shortly after the Connect Bertie program was abruptly shelved.

A news release says the board Thursday voted unanimously to accept Zullinger's resignation. The board then voted to name Dr. William Crawford as interim superintendent. Crawford most recently served as head of the Orange County, Virginia school system.

The board agreed to pay Zullinger a lump sum payment of $66,637.29 and any accrued annual leave. The board also agreed to rescind his suspension, to stop the pending investigation into the former superintendent, and both sides agreed not to make any disparaging statements about each other.