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Academy of Alameda director resigns

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The new Academy of Alameda Middle School’s executive director has resigned, the school announced Wednesday. Dean Tannewitz leaves the new charter school on November 24, reportedly for health reasons.

“Dean has provided our new community with important direction and leadership in these first few critical months or our work together and we have accepted this resignation with sadness, but support her in this decision. We know you join us on the Board with our gratitude to Dean and our best wishes for her recovered health,” the school’s board of directors announced on its website Wednesday.

Tannewitz was hired in April to lead the new school, which opened this fall in the former Chipman Middle School. At the time Tannewitz, who came with more than four decades of education experience, said sh felt she had been preparing for the job and the school “for a lifetime.”

In a Q&A posted to the school’s website, board members said they don’t plan to change the direction of the school and that Tannewitz will stay on to consult until the end of the year. They said they hired two people who have been worked with local charters and the school district to help get the school through its transition to a new director.

They said a timeline for hiring a new director and family forums to solicit input should be lined up by November 30.

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