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School Board Releases Superintendent from Contract

Action Follows Dr. Sherman's Request for Early Retirement

Alexandria, VA — The Alexandria City School Board voted tonight to release Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Morton Sherman from the remainder of his contract in response to his request to arrange for an early retirement. The contract, which would have ended June 30, 2015, had approximately 22 months remaining.

"The Board decided to release Dr. Sherman from his remaining contract after a great deal of deliberation," said School Board Chair Karen Graf. "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 thanks Dr. Sherman for his service to ACPS and the Alexandria community," Graf said. "During his five years as superintendent, Dr. Sherman helped develop a strategic plan, and he leaves ACPS tangible plans for improvement."

The Board approved Margaret "Margee" Walsh, Ed.D., to assume immediately the role of acting superintendent until an interim superintendent is named. The interim superintendent will remain in that position until the Board appoints a permanent replacement for Dr. Sherman. A Board work session and public hearing in September will start the community engagement process of the superintendent search.

"The Board will create opportunities for community input through public meetings, a Superintendent Search Web page, surveys, work with PTAs and other avenues for community engagement," Graf said.

"Alexandria is a wonderful community and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at ACPS," Dr. Sherman said. "It has been my pleasure to serve these amazing students and to work with these dedicated educators. I have confidence that the current School Board, staff and community will continue to work together to move the division forward."

"The Alexandria City School Board will begin the search for a new superintendent immediately," Graf said. "In the coming months, we will work tirelessly to recruit and select a leader who will continue to support our staff in the pursuit of creating a learning environment that promotes each and every child's academic progress."

Dr. Walsh, the acting superintendent, has spent the past 20 years of her 41-year career as an educator with ACPS. She serves on numerous school division and city-wide committees and commissions that support strong student achievement while educating the whole child in a safe, challenging and inspiring environment. In her current position as Chief Policy and Student Services Officer, she represents ACPS on numerous city committees, including the Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission.

All media inquiries should be directed to ACPS Director of Communications and Public Relations Kelly Alexander at 703-824-6635 or kelly.alexander@acps.k12.va.us.