Alabama Board of Education superintendent drops out

Michael Sentance

Michael Sentance

State school superintendent Michael Sentance resigned from his position according to Gov. Kay Ivey's office on Wednesday morning.

Earlier today, State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance submitted his resignation to Governor Kay Ivey, as President of the Board of Education.

"I am humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as state superintendent in Alabama", Sentance said.

"Over the past two years, Alabama has experienced far too many changes in state government".

Last year, state school board members gave Sentance low marks in an evaluation of the superintendent. Succession plans have not yet been determined, however they may be discussed at tomorrow's regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting. "We hope for a speedy resolution so that all parties can refocus attention and efforts on what matters most - providing the best possible education for Montgomery's public school students". Education continues to be the foundation of our communities and a key piece of the fabric that holds our state together - now is the time to strengthen our education system. They say the suit was filed in response to Sentance blocking the Montgomery County Board of Education from appointing a county superintendent, uncontrolled spending resulting in reduced funding for MPS student needs, and multiple actions and proposed actions taken against MPS employees. Sentance tells AL.com his resignation will allow him to avoid a vote to fire him later this week.

"I have spoken with Mr. Sentance, thanked him for his commitment to public service and education, and wished him well", Ivey concluded.

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