Robert Service High School Principal Allen Wardlaw has resigned from his position, the Anchorage School District reported on Friday.
Wardlaw had been placed on administrative leave last month after a series of salacious text messages allegedly to and from him began circulating among students and staff across the district.
As the drama unfolded, the school district sent a team to meet with faculty and staff at the high school about the sexually crude messages that called into question the principal’s character. Wardlaw was sent home and did not return.
The text messages indicated that a love relationship went south on Wardlaw, and that one or more women were going to exact revenge on him.
Assistant Principal Imtiaz Azzam was named acting principal through the end of the school year.
The school district has only described the incidence as a “community concern,” and is handling it as a personnel matter with the requisite privacy for Wardlaw being observed.
“As a result of Mr. Wardlaw’s resignation, ASD will move forward with hiring a new principal for the 2023-24 school year and would like to invite you to be a part of this process,” Kersten Johnson-Struempler, the district’s senior director of secondary education, wrote in an email to families.
Stories in Must Read Alaska about the incident fill in some of the unsavory details: