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Madison superintendent finalist withdraws application

Published On: Feb 05 2013 09:35:50 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2013 09:43:33 PM CST

One of the two finalists for superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District has withdrawn his application for the position.

Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education said finalist Walter Milton, Jr., superintendent of Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Ill., informed the board that he believes the Madison Metropolitan School District is not the right fit for him, and he will pursue another opportunity.

The board said Tuesday that Milton has withdrawn his application for the position.

On Sunday, the school board had announced Milton and Jennifer Cheatham, chief of instruction for Chicago Public Schools, as the two finalists.

"We do have a very qualified candidate who we are excited to bring before the community and continue our decision process," the board said in a statement Tuesday. "Dr. Cheatham is a top candidate, and we are impressed by her work. In her time there, Chicago Public Schools have made significant strides in improving student achievement, and the schools that Dr. Cheatham specifically supervised made gains above the district average."

The board said it will continue the decision making process on Thursday with final meetings with Cheatham.

The board said it's eager for the community to attend the community forum with Cheatham at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the Monona Terrace, where the public is encouraged to bring their questions.

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