Wayne-Westland names interim superintendent; embattled chief resigns

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Westland — Wayne-Westland Community Schools' embattled top administrator has resigned and the district's Board of Education has appointed an interim superintendent, officials said Tuesday. 

Shelley Holt, who had been placed on leave amid accusations of mismanagement and was suing the district, submitted her resignation and dropped the lawsuit, they said.

The school system's Board of Education on Tuesday voted 7-0 to accept Holt's resignation and approve an agreement to dismiss her pending lawsuit against the district, according to David Cox, the panel's president.

“I wish Dr. Holt nothing but the best as she moves on and thank her for the many

positive contributions she made to the school district during her time as superintendent,” Cox said in a statement.

Simmons

He also said the resolution enables the board to move forward with a search for a new

superintendent. Jill Simmons, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources and operations, will serve as interim superintendent.

In July, Holt filed a $2 million lawsuit against the district, alleging she was wrongly accused of mismanagement and retaliated against for attempting to address compliance and diversity issues.

She sought reinstatement to her position and damages for emotional distress.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools has nearly 12,000 students. 

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