CONYERS -- Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Samuel King has withdrawn his application for a superintendent position in Louisiana.
Barbara Freiberg, president of the East Baton Rouge School Board, said Thursday that he withdrew his application Wednesday afternoon.
"He cited that it probably was not the best time for his family," she said. "I certainly understand what it is like to have a teenager and how it would be to move."
She said she had been looking forward to asking him some more questions on Tuesday, when he was scheduled to come in for his next interview.
"After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I have chosen not to move forward," King said in a statement on Thursday morning.
In late January, King was chosen as the sole finalist for the position.
"I think his record of success and closing achievement gaps was outstanding," Freiberg said. "That's why we were looking forward to talking to him."
Earlier in January, King was chosen as one of six semifinalists chosen to replace outgoing Superintendent John Dilworth, who announced in May that he would not seek an extension of his current contract. Originally, the East Baton Rouge School Board used the national search consultant PROACT Search to obtain a list of 44 candidates in the fall.
"We'll get there," Freiberg said Thursday.
The East Baton Rouge system is made up of approximately 43,000 students, compared to Rockdale's 16,000 students.
King has worked for nearly seven years as superintendent of RCPS and has spent more than 25 years in education teaching math and science at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
He was named Georgia's 2011 Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association after being a finalist for the previous three years. He serves on the advisory committee for the Vision Project for Public Education in Georgia to improve learning in the 21st century and as president for the GSSA.
He also has served as president of the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Service Agency Governing Board and a member of the National Education Association, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and several other educational groups. He was on the Governor's Education Advisory Board in 2011.
Last year, King reportedly was a candidate for superintendent positions in Cobb and DeKalb counties.