Slagle cites retaliation, resigns from Montgomery school system

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Clay Slagle called his decision to resign bittersweet, but the right move. "I'm leaving while I have the opportunity to take a job," said Slagle.

Slagle will leave Montgomery Public Schools to work for a private sector job in Baton Rouge. Louisiana. Slagle made the decision after months of difficulties.

After his failed attempt to be named superintendent, he sued the board and filed an equal opportunities complaint. It's something he believes backfired. "Several weeks ago, Superintendent Thompson notified me her recommendation to the board would be the non-renewal of my contract. I do believe it's retaliation," he said.

He says that's brought stress not only at work, but also at home. Does he regret it? "Do I regret standing up in a situation where I believe my rights were violated, absolutely not!"

He does however regret how things ended in Montgomery, but he's happy to be headed home. "I wish the district well in its endeavors," added Slagle.

Slagle's last day on the job is April 23rd.  He starts his new job May 1st. Slagle says he does plan to continue with his lawsuit against the school system.

We attempted to contact Superintendent Barbara Thompson for response, but were unable to reach her.

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