ALSDE clarifies title of retiring MPS superintendent's replacement

Updated: Jun. 26, 2017 at 8:37 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Department of Education has clarified the title of Superintendent Margaret Allen's replacement after she announced her retirement Monday, after 41 years with the system.

Dr. Reginald Eggleston is the Chief Education Officer of MPS and he will assume the duties and responsibilities for the system after Allen's retirement, according to Malissa Valdes-Hubert with ALSDE.

The state education department intervened in the Montgomery school district earlier this year with State Superintendent Michael Sentance citing deficiencies in areas like fiscal procedures, transportation systems, student academic achievement, and graduation rate.

In announcing the replacement, the ALSDE issued this statement:

"The Alabama State Department of Education thanks Margaret Allen immensely as she announces her retirement, after 41 years of dedication and service to the students of Montgomery County and Alabama. To ensure a smooth transition and a consistent vision for goals and specific objectives related to the Intervention, State Superintendent Michael Sentance has placed Dr. Reginald Eggleston in the position of Superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools. Dr. Eggleston has worked with Montgomery Public Schools since the onset of the Intervention, overseeing the daily operations of the system.

Dr. Reginald Eggleston has a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Troy University and a master's degree in Special Education from The University of Alabama in Birmingham; an Education Specialist Degree in Administration from Auburn University Montgomery, and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership. He has over 24 years of experience working in schools, beginning his career as a Special Education teacher in the Birmingham City school system."

Allen served as a teacher, school level administrator, central office administrator, and finally as the system's superintendent during her four-decade career with the system. She had held the top position since 2014.

Valdes-Hubert says there will not be anyone with the title of superintendent and there will not be a search for a new MPS superintendent in the near future.

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