The  Georgia High School Association unanimously accepted the resignation of director Gary Phillips this week. Phillips agreed to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The move comes as a way to appease state legislators who threatened to put the organization under state control.

The GHSA will pay Phillips’ salary and benefits through the 2017-18 school year despite retiring this summer.

Phillips’ position was jeopardized by the introduction of House Bill 415 and Senate Bill 203, which called for replacing the GHSA with a new statewide governing body that would operate under the state board of education.

Reports stated hat the GHSA board of trustees will likely meet within the next two weeks to plan the next move.