Springfield School District, superintendent part ways
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From sj-r.com: The Springfield School District and Superintendent Walter Milton have agreed to part ways, according to a provision in a privately negotiated document released by the district’s attorney on Monday.
Milton confirmed he is leaving at Monday night’s board meeting, saying it became clear last year that a “fundamental” policy disagreement with the board prevented him from continuing. His final date has not yet been publicly announced.
Milton said an illustration of that disagreement would be the board’s decision to close the Capital College Preparatory Academy, which opened in 2010. Milton said the academy helped close the performance gap between students from low-income families, and families from wealthier backgrounds.
Closing the achievement gap was one of the school board goals for Milton when he was hired. Milton came to Springfield from Flint, Mich., in 2007. His current contract ends June 30, 2014.
Milton said he requested an extension in his contract several months ago, which was denied. After that, he said, he decided to pursue other career opportunities. He also apologized for remaining vague about his employment status because of the confidentiality agreement he signed.
Milton said he will remain dedicated to the district’s students until departure.
The board did not respond to Milton’s statement at the meeting.
The district’s attorney earlier in the day released portions of an agreement for Milton’s departure.
“It hasn’t been voted on, but it is a signed agreement,” Rob Cross said.
The document was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The State Journal-Register for any confidential agreements between Milton and the district.