ANCHORAGE -

The superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District resigned Monday.

Steve Atwater spent five years with the district, including his final role as superintendent, and he is moving on to become an Associate Vice President of the University of Alaska. He will be in charge of K-12 Outreach.

"It is hard to step down," Atwater said in a release. "I know the district has a clear vision for what is next and is well positioned with a strong team to continue to meet its goals."

The KPSDB school board entered executive session Monday evening to discuss options for finding a replacement, according to a release. The options are: a national search and a new hire, an internal or external appointment or an itnerim superintendent to finish out the school year.

A decision was not immediately reached.

Joe Arness, school board president, said the board is committed to continuing its "current directions" and that Atwater leaves the district in a good position.

“The district will continue in its current directions," Arness said. "As a school board, we will make a determination as to how to proceed in the process of filling the very large shoes which Dr. Atwater will leave."

Atwater was previously superintendent of Lake and Peninsula School District and has been an Alaskan since graduating college in 1981. He was also a finalist to become superintendent of the Anchorage School District in 2011 when Jim Browder won the job.