‘I chose to be master of my own fate’

The text of the email outgoing superintendent Aldridge Boone sent to school staff on Monday, Jan. 28, is below. The full story, including who will serve as his interim replacement, can be found here.

My Dearest Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I begin my final week of duty as your superintendent and then prepare to leave Rappahannock County. Sadly, my departure is neither about children nor about what is best for children.

Superintendent Aldridge Boone. Courtesy photo.
Superintendent Aldridge Boone. Courtesy photo.

It is a sad fact of life that whenever we are arrogant enough or egotistical enough to make judgments about things of which we know nothing, this kind of nonsense invariably happens.

Though I have steadfastly chosen to refrain from responding to any of the many rumors floating around about the why of it all, I will clarify one of them. The school board never offered me an extension of my contract and they never asked me to stay through the end of the school year. Considering the circumstances, I chose to be the master of my own fate. It is that simple.

The blatant hypocrisy inherent in the statement the school board chairman made touting my many achievements and expressing the desire of the board to continue with my programs and initiatives indeed makes one wonder why he and two other board members did not support extending my contract. It has never been articulated to me. Enough said.

I am so honored to have had the opportunity to stand up for the children of this wonderful community and, in doing so, to have served them well. They are our real assets and deserve the best we have to offer. I sincerely thank all of you for your friendship and support over the past two and a half years and I know you will support Mrs. Grove as enthusiastically as you have supported me.

I will sorely miss Panther Country. May you always find shade and water and may God bless each and every one of you. It has been my distinct privilege and pleasure to have been a member of this community albeit for far too brief a time. Let me know if I can ever help in any way possible and please keep in touch. Always remember that relationships truly do matter and I hope you are enjoying your ice day!

You will be missed!

Respectfully,

Al

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