BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Board of Education unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Victor Hayek at Tuesday’s meeting.

Hayek’s resignation will take affect Jan. 3, 2016.

According to board President Ann Marie Mead, Hayek has accepted a position at a California school district.

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“We have known this to be a possibility, and while we would have preferred a different outcome, we respect his decision,” Mead said.

Hayek began with the district in August 2014 after a yearlong search for a superintendent to replace Michael Schilder, who retired in June 2013.

“While Dr. Hayek was here for 13 months, we are pleased with the direction of the school district,” Mead said.

Mead said the district must now move forward with the task of finding a new superintendent, and expects to have a more defined plan for moving forward by the end of October, when they hope to name a search consultant.

“We will refine the criteria we used to find Dr. Hayek, but not necessarily change it,” she said. “We will be able to provide a timeline for the search and the administration structure once Dr. Hayek departs.”

Bridgewater resident Howard Teichman expressed regret at Hayek’s impending departure.

“I think he has been a very good superintendent for the district, and brought good qualities to the job,” he said. “He has an energy and analytical quality that has served the district well.”