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Springfield Reacts to Potential Milton Career Move
While District 186's budget crisis continues, the Springfield school district may have another headache on its hands: finding a new superintendent.
Dr. Walter Milton is under contract until 2014, but we've learned that he is a finalist to become Madison, Wisc.'s new top educator. He's one of two candidates for a superintendent position in the district.
With District 186's ongoing budget crisis, parents and teachers here aren't sure how to feel about Milton wanting to leave.
"If he does leave, I'll be saddened by that fact," District 186 parent Lesa Smith said. "But if he goes, I think he's gotta do what's in his own best interest for his family."
In 2012, Milton was sought out by his hometown school district in Rochester, New York, but declined the offer. Now that there's a budget crisis in District 186, some people are wondering why he would leave.
"I would like to see him stick around at least until this budget gets passed," District 186 parent Gary Tyrone Pierce said. "There's some things that were created by him and I think he needs to stand by those things. I don't think he should leave us out there in the dark."
"Changes happen," District 186 teacher Kathy Gebhardt said. "You hope for the best for everyone. How it will affect the district, I'm not sure."
Milton is running up against Chicago Public Schools Chief of Instruction Jennifer Cheatham. While the move is not definite, District 186 teachers are more focused on the future of their jobs.
"I hope that it all works for all of us, but I think it's premature and a little presumptuous to second-guess what might happen as a result of that," Jean Harrison said.
"It's just part of everyday normal business," Gebhardt said. "Is he going for sure? We don't know."
The Madison Metropolitan School District will hold an open forum in Wisconsin for Milton and his opponent to speak with the community. There is no word yet on when they will make a decision.
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