UPDATE: Alabama school superintendent Michael Sentance resigns

MONTGOMERY, AL (WKRG) — The beleaguered Alabama School Superintendent who critics say hasn’t performed up to expectations has resigned, according to Governor Kay Ivey.

Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance has turned in his resignation to Governor Ivey, calling it quits after months of speculation regarding his job security.

“Today, I received the resignation of State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance. I do not take this situation lightly, and as President of the State Board of Education, I will ask the Board to accept his resignation.

“Over the past two years, Alabama has experienced far too many changes in state government. As with previous changes in leadership positions, we will use the pending resignation of the state superintendent as an opportunity to move forward and begin a new chapter in public education.”

The news was first reported by Al.com and Alabama Political Reporter’s Josh Moon.

 

Sentance’s job performance has been called into question over the last several months, with state school board members split on whether to remove him from his position.

“The State Board of Education has an opportunity to refocus its efforts to improve, support, and better prepare Alabama students for the 21st-Century global economy, so that they can compete successfully. 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.

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

When the state school board was asked to rank Sentance’s performance since taking the job in 2016, he averaged a one on a one-to-three scale, three being the highest.

More tonight on News 5.

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