Carteret County superintendent announces retirement after 39 years of service

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN)- A superintendent who has spent his entire 39 years in education in the same county is retiring.

Carteret County Public School System Superintendent Mat Bottoms made that announcement Thursday afternoon in a meeting with school principals and administrators.

He will step down on December 31st.

Bottoms' 39 years spans work as the band director at Morehead City and West Carteret High School, the assitant principal at West Carteret High School, principal of Croatan High School, and assistant superintendent from 2010 to 2017.

"The decision to retire was not an easy one, but it is time," Mr. Bottoms said. "While in one sense I am saddened to leave our great school system, my years working with students, employees, parents and community leaders on behalf of our system have been gratifying. It has been an amazing journey and I am truly enriched for having taken the trip."

The system says that a reception to honor Bottoms will take place on December 10th from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.