MONTGOMERY, Ala. (EETV) - Just over a year after being appointed, State Superintendent of Education, Michael Sentance, resigned today. Sentance's resignation also comes before Thursday's board meeting that was planning to discuss the future of his contract.

A statement from Governor Kay Ivey's office said in part, “Today, I received the resignation of State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance. I do not take this situation lightly, and as President of the State Board of Education, I will ask the Board to accept his resignation.

“Over the past two years, Alabama has experienced far too many changes in state government. As with previous changes in leadership positions, we will use the pending resignation of the state superintendent as an opportunity to move forward and begin a new chapter in public education."

He received a negative job performance evaluation from the board last month, causing him to apologize and admit he has made mistakes. After that meeting, Ivey voiced her support of Sentance.

Sentance was appointed last fall and has worked to create the state's first office of school improvement and turnaround and beginning the process to develop a standardized state test to measure improvement.