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Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools Morton Sherman is expected to submit his resignation to the School Board.
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Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools Morton Sherman is expected to submit his resignation to the School Board.

Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools Morton Sherman is expected to submit his resignation to the School Board.

Ever since he became superintendent in 2008, Sherman has been a lightning rod for controversy. Critics say he has a hard-charging leadership style. Supporters say he was willing to take on big challenges.

Last year, he found himself under intense pressure to step down after an auditor's report discovered a "dysfunctional environment" in the budget office — and the vice mayor at the time called for his resignation during a City Council meeting. But members of the School Board stood by the embattled superintendent and gave him a new three-year contract.

"He was putting a lot of resources toward the students of color," says Evelin Urrutia, an education organizer for Tenants and Workers United. "So we just hope that the School Board, looking for a new person to come and take his spot, also is going to be looking at those qualities."

Sherman has two years left on his contract, which means the newly elected School Board members are expected to start negotiating some kind of buyout. The superintendent has an annual salary of $265,000 a year.

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