Alabama board of education names Ed Richardson interim superintendent

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey presides over the State Board of Education meeting Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (Julie Bennett/
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The board has voted to accept Sentance's resignation. As part of a separation agreement, he will be paid a salary for remainder of year, $57,000, and health and dental benefits totaling $27,000.

The board has voted to name former superintendent Ed Richardson as interim superintendent.

A day after embattled Alabama superintendent Michael Sentance submitted his resignation to Gov. Kay Ivey, the state board of education will meet at 10 a.m. for their previously scheduled regular monthly meeting.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ivey said the board still needs to vote to accept Sentance's resignation, which it is expected to do. An item to discuss the superintendent's contract remains on the meeting agenda. The board was expected to fire Sentance at today's meeting.

Board member Mary Scott Hunter, R-Huntsville, said she expects the board to discuss naming an interim superintendent during today's meeting. State law allows an interim superintendent to serve up to two six-month terms.

The board conducted its own search for Sentance, who replaced Dr. Tommy Bice after he retired in March 2016. That search netted 12 candidates and resulted in Sentance's appointment on Aug. 11, 2016.

Ivey is planning to attend today's meeting, taking her seat as President of the state board of education which she holds by virtue of her office. This is only the second meeting she will have attended since her inauguration in April.

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