Caldwell County Superintendent Nate Huggins turned in his letter of retirement Monday in the wake of an accusation of plagiarism of his farewell article to the Caldwell County High School Class of 2020 that appeared in The Times Leader.

The letter was submitted to the Caldwell County Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, and Chairman Tim Kennedy read the letter aloud just before the board went into executive session.

“It is with deep regret and sorrow that I submit this letter of retirement for your consideration,” Huggins’ resignation read, as shared by Kennedy. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Caldwell County School District, and I know that what we have accomplished in my two years is something great for all students in the school system.”

Huggins requested in the letter that his retirement take effect on Sept. 1. The board unanimously accepted the letter of retirement.

“As the top educator in this school district, I’ve got to be in a situation where there’s no question about what’s going on,” Huggins said before the board accepted his retirement. “And I didn’t give credit where I should have given credit to a person that wrote an article, and I’m deeply sorry for that. This is the best action for our school district, for me to retire.”

Huggins admitted in May to copying from a similar farewell article written by Superintendent Ann Levett of Savannah-Chatham County (Gerogia) Public Schools. He said the article impressed him, but he did not give Levett credit for authorship.

Huggins said he plans to stay in this area and wanted to continue to support the school district.