Interim superintendent named; Dilworth leaving early

John Dilworth
John Dilworth
Clay Slagle
Clay Slagle

By Mark Bullock - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Public School Board announced big changes at the top Tuesday night -- much earlier than expected.

Superintendent John Dilworth will leave his post and an interim superintendent will take over April 13th. Originally, Dilworth had planned to stay in Montgomery until June. Now, he will move on to his new position as superintendent of the East Baton Rouge school system in Louisiana.

Board members named Clay Slagle as Dilworth's temporary replacement. The two had worked together in Caddo Parish, Louisiana and came to Montgomery at the same time. Slagle promised to continue to pursue the same goals.

Slagle will face several challenges, from budget constraints to the opening of two new schools. But he says he is ready to lead. He says he may even apply for the full time position.

"Mr. Slagle has been an incredible asset since his arrival," said School Board President Beverly Ross. "He has worked closely with Mr. Dilworth and understands our priorities and our goals. I am confident we won't miss a step as we continue our work for children."

Slagle became chief operations officer for Montgomery Public Schools in November 2007. In the past, he served as assistant superintendent of education for the state of Illinois and as systems analyst and manager for Caddo Public Schools in Louisiana.

"I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity the board has afforded me," Slagle said. "The board has established a clear vision for the district. The staff and I are committed to following the strategic plan and continuing our progress."

The board Tuesday also named principals for the system's two newest schools. Goodwyn Junior High Principal Vince Johnson will move to the new Johnnie Carr Junior High School. And Catoma Elementary Principal Jason Bigham will now serve at James Wilson Elementary School.