Flint Community Schools Superintendent Linda Thompson has submitted a letter of resignation. The announcement went out to school district employees and the media early this afternoon. In the two-page letter Thompson says she will leave the job in 90 days.
Thompson took the job of superintendent in June of 2008 but spent 36 years with the Flint school community. In her letter she tells of taking that job knowing the district had spent close to $25 million of its rainy day fund in the prior two years and believing that the budget was out of line with declining enrollment, that it had too many classrooms and test scores were low.
She says she went on to close buildings, eliminate positions and outsource some non-teaching services, decisions that didn't "gain you supporters or fans." She also said the retirement decision was a tough one but the district fiscal cleanup has been done and it's time for a younger perspective.
In a paragraph near the end, Thompson says she "must also address the accusations flying regarding the Skill Center." Issues with funding and where the Skill Center falls into the Flint Community Schools budget are mentioned. An accounting report says the district is $4 million in the hole but without Skill Center money, the district could be looking at an $11 million deficit.
There's no word yet on the process to replace Thompson.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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