Dr. Marc Puig, the superintendent of schools in San Benito resigned Friday, six months after he began with the district.

Puig issued a statement Friday night and said the decision to step down was “very difficult” to announce.

“I am stepping down as superintendent of San Benito CISD effective Friday, August 14,” he said in an email to Action 4 News.

Puig was appointed as San Benito Consolidated Independent School District TMs superintendent late last year.

“After long and prayerful consideration, I know that this is the best decision for me and my family,” Puig said in the statement. “In my short time leading our district we have made some extraordinary achievements.”

Puig began his job in San Benito on Jan. 5, and was formerly a superintendent in Van Horn, Texas, Action 4 News previously reported.

The resignation comes about two months after Puig proposed non-renewal of contracts for some employees due to a financial crisis.

The educator told the Valley Morning Star the district is projected to have a surplus of $11.5 million in the fund balance for the upcoming school year.

“In my short time leading our district we have made some extraordinary achievements,” Puig said.

The San Benito school board of trustees released a statement Friday:

“The San Benito CISD received a letter of resignation from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marc A. Puig today. The Board of Trustees would like to thank Dr. Puig for his efforts and contributions that he has brought forth to the district. We want to thank Dr. Puig for his professionalism and his genuine concern for our district. Although we deeply regret his decision to resign, we respect his decision to do so. We want to wish him the very best.

Anna Cruz, San Benito CISD Board President & Trustees”