Steve Valley to leave Manatee schools as communications director

Steve Valley is taking job with Defense Health Agency, which supports military

BRADENTON -- Steve Valley, Manatee County School District director of communications, family and community engagement, confirmed Tuesday he is leaving the school district at the end of next week.

Valley, 50, will take a job in Falls Church, Va., as senior communications adviser supporting the Defense Health Agency, which manages the military health system.

"It's a great opportunity," Valley said. "It puts me back in supporting the military, which I have 30 years experience in."

Valley started with the district in August 2013 -- the first day of the school year -- and has lived in Florida since December 2000. Valley's wife, Lauren, has been a teacher in the district 14 years. She teaches second grade at William Elementary School.

Valley's two sons graduated from Braden River High School.

"That was the toughest part," Valley said of the decision.

Valley's last day is May 21. Valley said the job will be posted.

"I was proud of what we accomplished during the time I was here, and I think there are great things ahead for this district," Valley said.

Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter@MeghinDelaney.