Superintendent Aaron Spence of Virginia Beach City Public Schools is resigning.

Loudoun County Schools in Northern Virginia voted late Friday to hire him as their new superintendent. That position has been vacant since March. VBCPS confirmed on Monday that Spence was leaving for Loudoun.

"As you can imagine this is a bittersweet moment in my career. I am honored and excited to take on this new role and embrace the opportunities and challenges it will bring," Spence said in a statement released by VBCPS on Friday. "At the same time, I feel tremendously proud of the work we have done together. VBCPS is one of the top school divisions in the nation and will always hold a special place in my heart."

Spence is ending a 9-year tenure as VBCPS superintendent. The Green Run High School alumnus arrived back in the city in 2014 after administration jobs in Texas and North Carolina.

In a statement to the community, Spence listed some of the accomplishments he said he felt most proud of, including achieving accreditation at every school in the district, implementing full-day kindergarten and beginning two new specialty programs for high school students.

The Virginia Beach School Board will hold a closed session Tuesday night to discuss Spence’s departure.

Julie Braley from the district’s public relations office said the meeting was originally intended as Spence’s annual review.

It’s unclear when the district will name an interim replacement or how the district will handle hiring a new superintendent.

Spence will hold a virtual press conference noon Tuesday to field questions about his departure.

A note: Virginia Beach City Public Schools is a member of the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, which holds WHRO’s FCC license. Aaron Spence is also a member of WHRO's Governing Board of Directors.