Walter Milton Jr., school superintendent in Springfield, Ill., and one of the finalists disclosed yesterday in the search for a new Little Rock School District superintendent, has withdrawn from a job search in Madison, Wisc.
Walter Milton Jr. pulled his name from consideration for the Madison School District’s superintendent job Tuesday evening, according to a statement the Madison School Board provided to the State Journal.
The decision comes amid questions about parts of Milton’s background and how much the board knew about them before naming him Sunday as one of two finalists for the job.
At previous jobs he hired without conducting a background check a former business partner who had been convicted of child molestation, according to news reports. Milton also faced questions about submitting inaccurate resumes when applying for jobs.
Also, a 2007 New York state comptroller’s audit found Milton had been overpaid while superintendent at a school district there from 2003 to 2005 and used a district credit card for personal expenses that he had not paid back.
Milton applied for the Little Rock job in 2011. At the time, we revealed some unusual maneuvers by School Board member Michael Nellums in Milton’s behalf.