Alexandria school superintendent steps down

Morton Sherman (Courtesy of Alexandria City Public Schools)
Abrupt departure will not affect school operations

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 8:42 pm

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WASHINGTON – The superintendent of Alexandria schools has announced that he’s leaving immediately, The Washington Post reports.

During a special session Thursday night, the Alexandria City School Board voted to release Superintendent Morton Sherman from his contract early, according to a news release from the school system.

Sherman’s contract was scheduled to run through June 30, 2015. Now, 22 months remain on his contract.

“The Board decided to release Dr. Sherman from his remaining contract after a great deal of deliberation,” school board Chair Karen Graf said in the release. “After confirming that the contract release is manageable within the existing budget, the board voted to pay 39 percent of the remaining contract months, for a value equaling $222,261, plus earned paid leave time valued at $59,246.”

The board appointed Margaret “Margee” Walsh as acting superintendent until it names a permanent replacement. Walsh has served as the chief policy and student services officer within ACPS, the release said.

Sherman cited “personal and professional reasons” for his departure, according to an email that he sent to school district staff members that was obtained by the Post. He also said he plans to spend more time with his family.

The board plans to hold public sessions and release surveys to gather input from the community as it chooses a new superintendent.

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