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Montgomery superintendent Margaret Allen retiring with no regrets

Superintendent Margaret Allen sits down for a WSFA 12 News interview before retirement. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Superintendent Margaret Allen sits down for a WSFA 12 News interview before retirement. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Superintendent Allen oversees her final MPS board meeting. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Superintendent Allen oversees her final MPS board meeting. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

It is beginning to get real for Montgomery County public schools Superintendent Margaret Allen who announced her retirement in late June.

Allen once taught students with multiple handicaps but now finishes her career at the helm of the entire system.

She emerged from her corner office Tuesday morning and headed down to her final school board meeting. At the elevator, it began to sink in, perhaps for the very first time.

"Oh, wow," Allen said with a noticeable sigh. She took the ride down, shared a hug inside with a colleague, then walked into the meeting. Before the board met, Allen said she had no regrets.

"Absolutely none because that would suggest God was not in charge," she explained.

She's one of those folks who always knew she wanted to be in education.

"I gained so much. When I first started, I taught children with multiple challenges. They taught me how to teach from the heart," she explained.

Allen's decision to retire comes at a time when the state is taking over the public school district, but she insists the two matters are unrelated. It was simply her time to go.

"There comes a time in one's life when one decides to retire," Allen said with a laugh.

The takeover is due to problems in finances, transportation issues, student academic achievement, and the graduate rate. Still, Allen maintains the view she did her best and considers her greatest accomplishment as seeing students graduate.

"Seeing kids walk across that stage, shaking hands, and getting those diplomas," she recalled.

Just before the school board meeting ended, the board handed the superintendent a round of applause.

"It's been a long road," she admitted. "To come to the end of this part of this... it's been a moving experience," she went on.

With more than 41 years in the profession under her belt, Allen knows the end is drawing near. As of Tuesday, just eight days stand between her and retirement.

As for what happens nine days from now and beyond, the educator said she plans to continue living in Montgomery but with some traveling in the mix.

State educators have named Dr. Reginald Eggleston as Allen's successor.

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