Paulsgrove, who is in her third year as Goliad ISD superintendent, submitted her resignation during Monday's board meeting.
"They were surprised. I think they thought I would stay another year or so," said Paulsgrove, who had her three-year contract renewed in January. "I had to either tell them now or be prepared to stay another year, because I would never leave the district in the middle of the year. So I thought maybe now was a good time."
Paulsgrove, who has been an educator for 38 years and served in Goliad ISD for 36 years, said she had discussed with her family the possibility of retiring after this school year.
"My family kind of had a pow-wow and we talked about a lot of things," Paulsgrove said. "My husband (Goliad attorney Steven Paulsgrove) has expanded his office to Kenedy. We all had so much going on."
Paulsgrove oversaw the completion of the Goliad Events Center and Goliad ISD's reclassification from Class 3A to 2A.
"I feel like we've gotten our facilities in good shape, we've gotten everything working well," Paulsgrove said. "We're doing well in academics and sports, so I thought it might be a good time for me to step away."
Goliad ISD received "recognized" accountability ratings from the Texas Education Agency in 2009 and 2010 and an "academically acceptable" rating in 2011.
"I think there are some really great things that we do that aren't measured by the testing," Paulsgrove said. "We have a lot of good things going on. The tests scores are always kind of a moving target. You get up to the 90's in something and they move the target."
Paulsgrove said she is not a proponent of the state-mandated standardized tests.
"There's kind of an overkill in the testing now," Paulsgrove said. "The kids' time and the teachers' time is spent on preparing to make sure they're ready for the testing. It's too much time. You waste a lot of creativity and time to just think about things you want to do that aren't on some mandated list."
The board also accepted the resignation of Goliad Elementary School principal Virginia McDaniel on Monday along with the resignations of Kimann England, Emika Moya, Andrew Schacherl, Lorna McKay, Jackie Thomas, Irma Gutierrez, Yvonne Meharg, Bob Hansler and Rachel Brown.
"We have a lot of people who this year and next year are at that age to retire," Paulsgrove said. "There is a group of us who have all been here for a while and are reaching that point.
"We'll probably have some more people who will be retiring next year. That's kind of a concern. I was looking at who may be leaving next year. I didn't want a bunch of people leaving at one time."
Goliad ISD school board president Bob Gayle would not comment when contacted by the Advance-Guard on Wednesday.