FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) – Superintendent Dr. Alan Lee didn’t give much rational beyond what was in his letter of resignation as to why he is stepping down. But he did tell members of the media at a press conference on Tuesday that staying would not give the new school board room to grow.
“I’m not leaving to get away from something, I’m leaving because I believe it’s in the best interest of our board and therefore the best interest of our children,” Dr. Lee said.
And that was about as specific as he got. Dr. Lee said he made the choice over the weekend while spending some time alone.
“I really didn’t intend to be leaving at this time. But as I looked at the calendar, I recognized that the new board would be seated in November and it was an ideal time for this board to work together to get ready for whatever’s coming in their future,” Dr. Lee said.
Dr. Lee’s Robertsdale house has been on the market for a few months though. According to Realtor.com, the house was listed on May 21, 2014. The listing agent wouldn’t confirm the date to Fox10 News over the phone, but only said it’s been on the market for a while.
As for the reason behind the move, Dr. Lee pointed to the board itself as his reason for leaving. Since he came on board four years ago, David Cox, Shannon Cauley and David Tarwater have all started. And with the replacement of Elmer McDaniel and Robert Callahan following this summer’s elections, Dr. Lee said he has doubts that the board’s vision will stay the same.
“After 18 years of being a superintendent, I’ve watched boards and I’ve watched progression of ideas and thoughts. And whenever you have five new members on a seven member board, it’s unlikely that you’re going to have the same vision at the end of the process,” Dr. Lee said.
Dr. Lee didn’t go into detail about what exactly those two visions are or how they differ, but said he wanted to give the new board space.
“It’s difficult when things are status quo to get a board to really think in-depth about what they want to do and what’s important. Mr. Moore says he believes that the vision won’t change and I hope it doesn’t, but I wanted to give this board the opportunity that every board should have and that is the opportunity to find themselves and to invite someone to come lead whatever that vision is,” he said.
When asked what plans he may have for the future, Dr. Lee said everything is still on the table.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be at a point where I don’t want to be actively involved in helping schools or children have better lives because that’s really what it’s all about. But I don’t have plans. I haven’t looked at any of the national sites to see if there are any positions open. Again, I don’t have any connection to a company that is courting me. So everything’s open for me right now,” Dr. Lee said.
Dr. Lee added that he will help with the search for his replacement only if the board requests it. He says otherwise, it presents a conflict of interest.