Superintendent Margaret Allen to retire after 41 years with Montgomery Public Schools

Published: Jun. 26, 2017 at 3:02 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2017 at 6:25 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Public School system announced Monday that Superintendent Margaret Allen has announced her retirement to MPS employees.

Allen, who has served the school system in multiple capacities for 41 years, admitted she's attempted to retire "at least three times in my career and none of the attempts were successful."

Allen says this time "I think I'm here now. I confess that after much consideration, the only recourse I could settle on was to just do it."

The superintendent has served as a teacher, school level administrator, central office administrator, and finally as the system's superintendent.

Here's a copy of her email:

"Greetings Colleagues!

I hope your daily summer plans are being implemented to the fullest as time ticks steadily into MPS' fast approaching 2017 - 2018 scholastic future. I am just returning home from a semi-vacation that I enjoyed immensely. I wanted to let you know about my plans to take a bonafide vacation (in the form of retirement) at the end of this summer.

I cannot begin to tell you what my MPS life (with you) has meant to me. I am grateful beyond measure for 41+ years of intentional and purposeful engagement with students, families, schools, and of course  with "you" my friends. I began each of my 41 years with the will to make a difference in lives. I think I accomplished that but the real value was in the difference MPS experiences made in my life.

I have attempted retirement at least three times in my career and none of the attempts were successful. I think I'm here now. I confess that after much consideration, the only recourse I could settle on was to just do it.

Please accept my heart-felt thanks to each  of you for what you choose to do as an employee in MPS. No one is making you do your job but everyone is expecting you to do it without reservation. As I've indicated to you over and over, our children need us to work on their behalf. I plan to keep working on their behalf from a different venue!

Again, I'll miss you very much and will keep you in my prayers always."

Allen took over the system's top spot in 2014 with the unanimous approval of the school board.

Board President Robert Porterfield called Allen a champion for children and thanked her for her service.

"Children are always at the focus of everything she did," Porterfield said. "She loved every child in our system. She did a remarkable job with the very limited resources that are available to us. We will miss her and wish her well in her retirement."

Early this year, the Alabama State Department of Education voted to intervene in the Montgomery school district. State Superintendent Michael Sentance cited deficiencies in areas like fiscal procedures, transportation systems, student academic achievement, and graduation rate.

An exact last day for the superintendent has not been announced. Hours after Allen's announcement, the state announced Dr. Reginald Eggleston as her replacement.

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