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.