Dr. Art Tate announced this morning that, despite his plans to retire at the end of the school year, he will resign his position effective October 31st.

In his resignation letter Dr. Tate notes three key reasons for his early resignation:

  1. He feels as though he failed to address the disporportionate accommodations in class.
  2. He feels that he is a liability for the district following the funding controversy from last year.
  3. He feels that he has lost energy and that the Davenport Community School District needs the best leadership.

In an email to the staff of DCSD, Dr. Tate said:

At 7 years and 4 months, I have been at this job longer than any other in my life. Davenport is special to me, and I am honored to have been able to work with you. I was amazed every day as I observed the herculean efforts which teachers, staff and administrators put forth on behalf of our students. Thank you for working through the challenges to recognize the good and potential of all students.

Most of all, I will miss my visits to students and teachers. Please continue to do whatever it takes.