The hardest part of taking the new job is leaving behind the school environment, Stowers said.
He's also leaving behind his post as a state lawmaker. First elected in 2008, he most recently served as vice chairman of the House Education Committee. Last session's education reform bill was largely completed by the time it made it to his committee, but the proposition of getting the bill through the committee was considered part of the reason it stayed in the Senate as long as it did.
Although a member of the West Virginia Education Association union, he was at odds with some of the group's concerns during discussions of the bill.
He also was initially at odds with new Speaker of the House Tim Miley, D-Harrison. Stowers was one of the first delegates to publicly endorse House Finance Committee Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, for speaker.
Stowers voted for Miley during the recent special session, once it was clear Miley had enough support.
Stowers didn't rule out running for office in the future.
He said he spoke with Miley and his principal at Horace Mann about his new decision. He plans to send his resignation letters out this week, with his resignation taking effect July 15.
The final salary for his new position isn't set. As an assistant principal for the 2012-13 year, Stowers earned $63,645. As a delegate he earned $23,900 in 2012.
Ellis, the man Stowers is slated to replace, earned $106,068 in 2012.
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