For immediate release
Monday evening, January 8, 2007

Superintendent Art Rainwater to retire in 18 months

Madison School District Superintendent Art Rainwater has informed the Board of Education that he will retire at the end of next school year — June 30, 2008.

Rainwater said he is informing the Board of Education now in order to provide them sufficient time to conduct a thorough national search for the next superintendent. Rainwater told the Board that he will be glad to assist that effort in any way that the Board desires.

Rainwater has been the Superintendent since February 1999. He came to the MMSD in 1994 as Deputy Superintendent, and when Supt. Cheryl Wilhoyte departed in April 1998, Rainwater served as Interim Superintendent until he was named Superintendent.

During his 41+ years in education, Rainwater has served as a teacher, principal and central office administrator in several educational settings including both private and public schools.

"We appreciate that Supt. Rainwater has given us advance notice of his retirement, allowing us to start to plan for the process to hire his replacement," said Board President Johnny Winston, Jr. "Art has assured us that he will continue to lead the district staff to meet the challenges of the next 18 months."

Winston said that the Board will soon begin discussions about the superintendent hiring process.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Board and the Madison community," said Rainwater. "This is a great school district and a great community that has always put the welfare of our children first. I am honored to contribute to this effort."

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