Pittsburg Principal Heather Zybas, who is resigning her position at New Hampshire’s northernmost school, has all good things to say about her experience at Pittsburg School. She said that she has decided to leave the school so she can continue her career, spend time with her family this summer and step aside to make what she says is “a good school” into a “great school.” When contacted by the Chronicle this week, Zybas said that “I really think Pittsburg needs a stronger change agent then I am able to offer at this time.”
In her letter of resignation submitted to the Pittsburg School Board last month and accepted at the March 24th meeting, she said that it has been “a true pleasure working with the Pittsburg school board,” remarking on “how the board strives to make the best decisions for their students, staff and community.”
Zybas elaborated in speaking with the Chronicle, saying, “I have made some long-lasting friendships, I love the staff and the parents.” But she explained that she has a son who is a senior this year who will be graduating and entering the military and another son who is planning to open a welding business, “so I want to spend some time while I can being a Mom this summer.”
Zybas has been living in Pittsburg since October 2012, while her husband continued to work from their home in Northfield, Vt. She said that she and her husband have been longtime enthusiasts of the North Country, having enjoyed the area’s beauty and recreation as visitors over the years. “My husband and I built a home in Upton, Maine, and we will be staying in the North Country.”
She said she feels that she needs to gain more experience, acknowledging that she is still many years away from retirement.
Zybas will be leaving her position at the end of her contract on June 30. SAU 7 Superintendent Bob Mills told the Chronicle that the search for a replacement for Zybas is underway, with newspaper ads already being placed. He said that in the event that a replacement is not readily found, the Pittsburg school staff is ready to pitch in an help handle principalship duties, as they have in the past, until a new person is hired.
The ad specifies that the Pittsburg District is “seeking an experienced, dynamic community oriented educational leader to head its Grade K-12 school as principal. Applications are asked to be sent to Superintendent Mills at the SAU 7 office in Colebrook.” It notes that “applications will be accepted until (the) position is filled.”