The Marietta City Board of Education accepted the resignation of director of teaching and learning Jason Smith during a special meeting Thursday morning.
Smith, who has been with the district a little more than a year, is returning to northwest Ohio to take a similar position with the Rosswood Exempted Village school district near Toledo.
Smith said he and his family have enjoyed their time in the area but factors including the inability to sell their house there have necessitated a move back.
"My wife and I both really loved it here," he said Thursday afternoon. "This (Marietta City Schools) is a great place. I thoroughly enjoyed working here."
As director of teaching and learning, Smith oversaw activities for the district like curriculum design and implementation, improving test scores, planning professional development and interviewing substitutes.
"We're going to miss him. He's done a great job for us," said Marietta Superintendent Harry Fleming.
The district's next step will be to post the job locally and with the Ohio Department of Education. Fleming said he hopes to find a replacement as soon as possible, but noted the timing, coming soon after the start of the school year, makes the search a bit more difficult.
"It's going to be a tricky time to find someone," Fleming said.
Smith's annual salary was $70,000. Last August, he replaced Phillips Elementary Principal Joe Finley in the job, which Finley held while also serving as principal at Putnam Elementary.