Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alabama school Superintendent Joe Morton announces retirement

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- State school Superintendent Joe Morton announced this morning that he will retire Aug. 31, just months after extending his contract through December 2012.

Morton has been the state superintendent for more than seven years and has been in education for 42 years.

"Education is what I've dedicated my entire life to -- it's all I know, so this will be an adjustment for me," Morton told the state Board of Education. "But the time is now."

Morton said he feels now is a good time to allow the board to move forward with the business of public education, including the search for his successor.

In December, the board voted to extend Morton's contract until Dec. 31, 2012. Morton didn't say why he is breaking his contract, other than to say he felt it was time.

The board has not yet named an interim superintendent.

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