BATON ROUGE, LA - (WSFA) - After a lengthy battle to get John Dilworth, Montgomery's previous superintendent, to return to his roots in Louisiana, the school system that successfully convinced him to return is set to lose him also.
Dilworth took a position as the East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent after leaving Montgomery in 2009. Friday he issued a statement saying he would soon resign from that position. He's been on the job less than a year.
He issued a two sentence statement obtained by WSFA 12 News' sister station in Baton Rouge, WAFB-TV, saying:
"After months of assessing my fit as Superintendent, I have decided to resign effective June 30, 2010. I am thankful to the school board for giving me the opportunity and wish the district success in the future."
Dilworth, himself, did not get a specific reason for his decision, but Board President Jerry Arbour said Dilworth's wife continues to be in poor health. He said during a phone conversation with Dilworth on Friday, Dilworth indicated that also factored into his decision.
The Montgomery School Board fought to keep Dilworth in the capital city, offering him a contract extension which was sweetened even further by a business community-led effort to hand him $150,000 extra if he decided to stay.
No other information was immediately available.