Neshoba County Superintendent of Education Joe Killens resigned Monday evening.

Killens submitted a letter to the county School Board saying it was time for him to retire and spend more time with his family.

His resignation is effective June 30. A lengthy email was sent to the faculty explaining his sudden retirement. Killens, a Republican, was elected in November 2015 and has been in the office for about a year.

In September, it was announced that county school taxes will rise 25 percent, or 9.28 mills, in 2017, with most of the revenue going toward paying debt on an overall $23.4 million building project voters approved in 2015.

See details in Wednesday's Neshoba Democrat.