BoE Meeting Could Mean Sentance Dismissal

Aug 25, 2017

Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance

The Alabama Board of Education could vote as soon as next month on whether to dismiss state Superintendent Michael Sentance.

Board member Jeff Newman tells the Associated Press several of the board’s members want to discuss Sentance’s contract at next month’s meeting. Newman says that could include a vote on whether to dismiss Sentance, the school reformer they hired just a year ago to lead Alabama’s public schools.

The board recently gave Sentance low marks on a performance evaluation. Sentance responded that he is proud of his work and hopes to continue in the role.

Governor Kay Ivey has previously said Sentance should be given time to implement his proposed reforms. But she declined to indicate yesterday how she would vote if the superintendent’s removal came up. Ivey, who serves as board president, instead said she was “gathering information”.