Fairfax County Superintendent Jack D. Dale, who has weathered a brutal
recession and parent frustrations while steering one of the nation’s
top-performing suburban school systems for seven years, said Thursday
that he will retire when his contract ends in June 2013. Dissatisfaction among some parents and teachers has made Dale a
lightning rod in a high-stakes school board campaign. Half of the 12
incumbents are not seeking reelection this fall.
The Fairfax County school system would seek to cut in half the number of
days that students are out of school awaiting decisions in their
discipline cases, according to an expanded proposal to revamp policies
that was presented to the School Board on Monday.