Springfield School Superintendent Walter Milton has confirmed that he will leave the district, a decision that he says was made by mutual agreement with the school board.
In a statement read during Monday night's school board meeting, Milton says the decision to leave was prompted by fundamental differences in policy, particularly the board's decision to close the Capital College Preparatory Academy, a school concept pushed by Milton and one which he says was making strides in closing the district's achievement gap.
Milton says when it became clear that he and the board were not on the same page, he sought to "clarify" his employment status by asking for a contract extension, but the request was denied. Milton says he does not question the integrity of any board member, and believes they were acting in what they perceived to be the best interest of students.
Milton continues to pursue other employment, and is a contender for the top schools job in Little Rock, Arkansas. There was no immediate word on who would take over for Milton in the short term, or on the details of a search for a permanent replacement.