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Milton Parting Ways With District 186
Monday night, after weeks of speculation, District 186 superintendent Dr. Walter Milton announced he'll part ways with the district. Milton has served Springfield public schools for the past six years, but he told the community Monday that his five-year contract will end early.
After keeping quiet for weeks, Dr. Walter Milton is now giving a reason to why he's been looking for another job.
He says he's leaving because of a lack of support from the school board. Milton asked for an extension of his contract last fall. The board did not grant his request, so he began to look for employment elsewhere.
He has been seriously considered for several jobs across the country.
Milton also described issues he's had with the board supporting his ideas for District 186, like the closure of Capitol College Prep Academy.
"The academy clearly helped close the gap between performance of students from low-income families and those families who have greater means, and that's why so many of the academy's parents has asked the board to resend their decision," Milton said in Monday's school board meeting.
City leaders responded to the news during the same meeting.
"You cannot do that," Alderman Gail Simpson said to the board. "This board continues to make those kind of decisions that defy this community. We're not gonna stand for it."
Recently, Milton withdrew his application for a superintendent position in Wisconsin. He's now a finalist to lead a school district in Little Rock, Ark.
There is no set date on when Milton will leave the district. School board president Susan White would not tell us if the district has started looking for his replacement.
Right now, Milton is one of four candidates for the Little Roch position. This is the second time he's been sought out by that school district.
The school board in Little Rock hopes to make a decision in March.