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March 23--  The Montgomery County school system has lost it's fourth school superintendent in as many months.

Dr. Charles Warnock became interim superintendent in February and announced his resignation Wednesday.  He issued the following statement.

{mosimage}"After a review of recent Board meetings, it is clear that the Montgomery County Board of Education does not wish to follow my leadership as Interim Superintendent. The aims and desires of the Board do not align with my vision for the Montgomery County Schools.   Some Board members seems to be personally and politically motivated, whereas the agenda should be based on best practices, fairness to all employees, and fiscal responsibility.

Our contractual agreement allows for termination by choice of either party upon given notice. Today I have given notice to the Board that I no longer wish to be employed by them. By mutual agreement, the termination was accepted effective today.

It is not my wish to have a hand in any further wrong-doings to the employees and students of this school system. My actions and recommendations have been dictated by my professional experience and Christian values. It appears that the Board does not share my beliefs, and a severance of our relationship is appropriate at this time.

Unfortunately, my hopes of assisting the Board in resolving some of the issues facing the school system have not come to fruition. It is my desire that the current problems are appropriately resolved and order restored for the good of the employees, the staff and, most importantly, the students."

School Board Chairwoman Deloris James reacted by saying, "We do appreciate all of the work Dr. Warnock did for us in this county.  He believes he has done everything he can do to help us.  Now we're right back looking for a superintendent."

Mrs. James says Dr. Warnock's references to wrong-doings affecting employees and students cause her concern.  "I can't explain what he meant there.  I can't explain what his rationale was there.  The letter did cause me concern by the way the letter was stated," she said.

Most recently the school board refused to follow Dr. Warnock's recommendations concerning furlough days and staff assignments.

Former school superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten resigned in December following November's school board election.  Central office staff member Reggie Roberts was named acting superintendent until Dr. Larry Daniel was hired in January and resigned the next day due to threats against him and his family.

The school board has called a meeting for one p.m. Thursday at the school board annex in Mount Vernon.