STEPHENSON — The Stephenson School Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Ron Kraft at a special meeting May 13.

Kraft, in a phone interview with the EagleHerald Thursday, said the decision to resign his position was made so he can care for his father who has Alzheimer’s.

“I’ve been very open with the board that if my father’s health ever got to a point that I needed to move back to care for him, I would,” Kraft said.

Kraft explained that he had not been able to leave to visit his father during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and he does not want to be in a position where he cannot visit and care for him for long periods of time.

Kraft’s last day with Stephenson Area Public Schools is June 30; however, he may leave earlier if needed, depending on his father’s health.

“I am currently working remotely from my father’s care facility and as long as I am capable of doing that and attending to his needs, I will do so,” he explained.

The Michigan School Board Association has been approved to assist the board of education in searching for Kraft’s replacement. A job description for the position was approved Wednesday.

The school board also voted May 13 to close the elementary school building, located in Stephenson. Kraft said the current high school building, also located in Stephenson, will become a K-12 building at the beginning of the upcoming academic year. A decision on what to do with the elementary building and its property has not been made and will be the topic of an upcoming special meeting.