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Lyle superintendent may step down early

Lyle Superintendent Jim Dusso may leave the district sooner than he originally intended.

The Lyle Public School board is scheduled to approve Dusso’s resignation effective Feb. 29 at this Monday’s school board meeting. The move comes as a surprise, since Dusso stated last month he would resign from the district at the end of June. The Herald could not immediately reach Dusso.

Dusso told staff about his plans to resign as Lyle superintendent last month. His wife accepted a position at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Dusso’s wife will move to Kentucky before the school year ends, and he will join her in July. He said he will serve the remainder of his superintendent contract, which expires June 30.

“I have a contract; I’m obligated to that contract, and I refuse to put Lyle Public Schools in a very bad position,” Dusso said. “That risks students, and I will not do that.”

It is unclear how the board will respond to Dusso’s sudden departure, nor how the board will replace Dusso with a new superintendent and principal before Dusso leaves. The Herald could not immediately reach board chairman Jerry Sampson for comment.