Board, parents react to Ingram withdrawal

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Dr. Samantha Ingram was almost there--one step away from becoming Montgomery's next superintendent.

Now, that opportunity is gone.

In a three sentence email, Ingram withdrew from the race:

Dear Ms. Ross,
Based on the current and most recent challenges facing Montgomery Public Schools and my own personal challenges at this time, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for consideration as your superintendent.

Board President Beverly Ross just returned from her trip to visit Dr. Barbara Thompson--now the last remaining candidate.

Ross blames recent controversy surrounding the search for Ingram's abrupt withdrawal.

"The negativity from Montgomery. That's basically why she dropped out," Ross said.

With just one candidate left, does the School Board hire Dr. Thompson by default, or does the board re-open the search process?

Parents want board members to really think the decision through.

"You need to go with the best candidate, but at the same time, it is so important not to just settle for a person just because they're the last person left," said Shelton Hamilton of Montgomery.

Ross says the board is ready to move forward as is--without a new search.

Either way, moms and dads just want what's best for their kids.

"We do want the best possible person in their to run our schools and take care of them--hopefully to stay this time--and do a good job of it," said Beth Firth of Montgomery.

The Montgomery County Board of Education has called a special meeting for Wednesday, July 1st at 4:00 PM to discuss the superintendent search.

WSFA 12 News will be there.

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