Students at Mount View High and Middle schools received a letter Feb. 12 announcing the recent resignation of Regional School Unit 3 Athletic Director Chris Moreau.

The letter, signed by High School Principal Zachary Freeman, Middle School Principal Quinton Donahue and Assistant High School Principal Thomas Lynch, states there will be "no changes to either the sports we offer or the quality of coaching our students receive."

Despite rumors to the contrary, Superintendent Paul Austin said in an email message to The Republican Journal that Moreau resigned "of his own accord" for personal reasons. Austin wrote Moreau "had some difficult family issues this year, and felt he needed to dedicate his full attention to his family at this time."

Rumors in the community suggested Moreau was fired or asked to resign.

Moreau, who is 46, was hired in 2016 to replace outgoing Athletic Director Chuck Karter.

Austin said Moreau's duties are being covered by high school and middle school administrators for the remainder of this year. He said the search for a new director will begin later this spring.

Moreau declined to speak with The Republican Journal but said in a text message, "I was not fired. I chose to step down. … I wish them (RSU 3) well."

The RSU 3 Board of Directors discussed and accepted Moreau's resignation during an executive session Feb. 11, according to Chairman S. Paige Zeigler, who declined to comment further.