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Mon June 29, 2009
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One of Two Candidates For Superintendent Drops Out of Race

Montgomery, Alabama –
And then there was one Montgomery Public Schools officials say one of the two people vying for the position of Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent has withdrawn her candidacy.

School Board Member Melissa Snowden, District 5, says the decision came in the form of an e-mail this morning from Samantha Ingram, Ph.D.

"I wasn't given any reason", Snowden said when asked what reason had been given for Ingram's withdrawal.

Asked what would happen next, Snowden said, "I think we need to keep all of our options open and stay focused and do what's best for our entire school system".

In an e-mail that Ingram sent to the board, Ingram stated, "Based on the current and most recent challenges facing Montgomery Public Schools and my own personal challenges at this time, I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for consideration as your superintendent".

Ingram was one of two finalists who were to receive on site visits by the members of the Montgomery Public School System Board of Education.

Board members have just returned from a visit with Barbara Thompson who serves as superintendent of a school system in Wisconsin.