MPS Superintendent tenders resignation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- Just days after winning over a Louisiana school board, John Dilworth made the move official.

With a unanimous vote, the Montgomery County Board of Education accepted his letter of resignation Tuesday, which named Dilworth's final day--June 24th--and acknowledged his gratitude for community support.

"What's been going through my head throughout this whole board meeting--this whole process--is just how fortunate I've been to become a part of this community," Dilworth said.

It's not unexpected, but the move means the start of an extensive search by the school board for a new leader.

"[We want someone] just to care about the people and the school system and the community so we can go on," said Beverly Ross, the board's President.

Parents say they're sad to see the Dilworth go, but it's time to look forward--and look for the same qualities in the next superintendent.

"[We want them to] just be a people person, and be ready when someone calls and be able to work with you.  If someone has a problem, they should be available," said Loretta Webb of Montgomery.

With three months to go, Dilworth says the next person in line needs to keep that communication going.

"They have to get involved with all the stakeholders, and that's what I've attempted to do here, and it's been the most rewarding part of my job," Dilworth said.