It’s another embarrassment for the Kansas City School District as Superintendent John Covington announced his resignation, and some serious politics are being played over who will ultimately be leaving their post.
Efforts are under way to convince the board president of the Kansas City School District to resign so the superintendent will agree to stay.
Board president Airick Leonard West announced John Covington's resignation Wednesday evening but said the board has not yet approved it.
Longtime board member Arthur Benson says he will quit if Covington's resignation is accepted.
He said West and Covington are "oil and water" and that Covington isn't going to consider coming back if West has anything to do with the school board.
Benson says that if Covington leaves the district will be unable to find a good replacement. He praised the strides the district made under Covington to improve student achievement even as it closed about 40 percent of its schools to fix its finances.
While the “strides” are arguable at best, the seriousness of this situation is not.
Tony over at Tony’s KC put it best:
Yesterday's resignation of Superintendent Covington from the Kansas City, Missouri School District has basically shattered the hopes of everyone who MISTAKENLY believed the district was turning around.
And this could make things a lot worse.