Delaware City Schools Superintendent Paul Craft will leave the district at the end of July.

Craft made the announcement to district staff late Feb. 27, saying he had accepted a position as chief executive officer with the Marion-based Metropolitan Educational Technology Association.

“My nine years as the Delaware City Schools superintendent have been some of the finest of my life, primarily because of the amazing people of this district and this city," he said in the announcement.

Craft's resignation is contingent on the META board's approval of his contract in late March. 

He was named Delaware superintendent in 2010 after 17 years in Upper Arlington Schools.

In a press release from Delaware schools, board President Jayna McDaniel-Browning said the district is sorry to see Craft leave.

"He is a person of integrity and class, and META is getting a great CEO," she said. "Our schools have achieved amazing things during his tenure, and we know our district is poised for continued success.”

McDaniel-Browning said the board will immediately begin its work to find the district's next leader.

“We're fortunate to have incredible staff members throughout the district, and I'm confident we'll navigate this transition successfully," she said.