York superintendent resigns; accepts Spartanburg post

York schools superintendent Russell Booker has resigned to accept a position with Spartanburg School District 7 as associate superintendent for planning and administration and superintendent-elect.

Booker’s last day in York will be June 30.

Booker, who said he’s been mulling the decision for about three weeks, was hired by the York school district in December 2005.

“I went back and forth because I love this district,” the 39-year-old Spartanburg native said in an interview.

“Spartanburg School District 7 has presented to me a long-term career opportunity that will enable me to move my family back home,” Booker wrote in a letter to York school board chairman Chris Revels dated Jan. 13.

“It’s been a hard pill to swallow,” Revels said. “He’s done such an excellent job ... He’s brought us such a long way.”

-- The (Rock Hill) Herald