School board says it didn't ask for superintendent's resignation

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - School board members in one Eastern Carolina county said they did not ask their superintendent to resign.

Yanisha Mann abruptly resigned as Washington County school superintendent Tuesday night.

In a statement, Mann said it became apparent to her that the school board "needs of change in leadership."

But school board members say they didn't ask her to resign. "The Board cannot keep any employee from deciding when it is best for them to seek or accept other opportunities," members said in a statement released on Friday.

The board said Mann did not tell them of her decision until they went into closed session Tuesday night. They said during Mann's three years as superintendent, progress had been made within the school system and they appreciate her service to Washington County Schools.

School board members say they will discuss and possibly begin the search for their next superintendent at their next meeting.

Mann's last day will be June 30th.

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Washington County is looking for a new school superintendent.

Yanisha Mann resigned last night after three years as superintendent.

Mann said she shares the news with a heavy heart. "After a number of discussions with the board, it has become apparent to me that the board needs a change in leadership," Mann said in a statement to WITN.

Mann's last day will be June 30th, allowing her to explore other options as well as giving the school board time to find a replacement.

Prior to Washington County, Mann was an educational consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

During Mann's tenure, Washington County Schools was removed from the state's low performing district list which they had been on since 2011, they established a dual language program for elementary students, consolidated high schools, and increased student achievement scores at the district's schools.