Springfield school superintendent Walter Milton has withdrawn his name from consideration for the top job in the Madison (Wis.) school district, according to Madison media accounts.
Milton had been one of two finalists for the job, and had been scheduled to meet with community members, teachers and students at a forum in Madion Thursday night. According to media accounts, his abrupt decision follows questions that arose about past controversies, including hiring practices and an audit of some of his expenditures in previous jobs.
News that Milton had been seeking the Madison job prompted a backlash in Springfield as well, as critics complained about his job search while presiding over millions of dollars in budget cuts for District 186. The Madison school district issued a statement that quoted Milton as saying the Madison job was "not the right fit." A District 186 spokesperson could not offer any additional details about Milton's decision or what impact it may have on his status locally.