The Dallas Independent School District, currently without a superintendent, is now without a chief academic officer -- and only 13 months after Ivonne Durant was bumped up from Northwest Learning Community supervisor to that particular title under then-Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. DISD just posted to its Facebook page her adios, given today to interim superintendent Alan King and effective August 31.
Why the skedaddle? Doesn't say. This is all Durant offers by way of bye-bye after 42 years in public education: "This school district has given me opportunities to serve children in so many different ways. It has been a privilege to work with some phenomenal people, especially teachers and principals throughout the city." From the release:
According to King, a permanent replacement will not be named at this time to allow an incoming superintendent to be able to hire someone to fill this position. Jacqueline Landry, the district's Executive Director for Professional Development, has been asked to fulfill Durant's duties upon her retirement.
"Ivonne Durant is as dedicated to the needs of children as anyone I have ever met," said King. "During my brief tenure here, I have grown to respect her a great deal and I wish her all the best in the future."
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Incidentally, the DISD's now looking for a search firm to hire that new superintendent; don't expect that vote to come down till September, at the earliest. Meaning: No new super till at least May, more than likely.