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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – In the span of two days Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Walter Dansby and his right-hand man have both stepped down. The fallout has many parents and community leaders concerned.

FWISD Board President Christene Moss said she was disappointed after the leadership shakeup. “Very, very hard for me. It’s our loss.”

First – Dansby called it quits, but according to Moss not before she tried to convince him to stay on board. “I cannot give you the reason [why Dansby resigned] because it was a surprise to me. I had talked with him and asked him to stay.”

Only a day after Dansby’s resignation his number-two man, Deputy Superintendent Hank Johnson, announced his retirement.

Moss tells CBS 11 News the pressure from certain board members forced Johnson out. “I guess Mr. Johnson just got tired of being second guessed, talked down to and ridiculed. So, it’s very unfortunate. I hate to see him go.”

Johnson’s last day will be in August.

Walter Dansby’s last day as superintendent is Monday, but he will continue in another role. Board members created a new position for him they’ve titled “Ambassador for Public Relations.”

Since all the announcements Moss said she’s been on the phone non-stop with parents. She says she wants them to know that the Fort Worth ISD is stable.

“I want parents to know that we care about the children,” she said. “We care about the district.”

Glad to have something brighter and positive to report, Moss said she got some good news about test scores. “Some of the test scores are in, not all, but we had double-digit gains in the STAAR test.”

The FWISD school board will meet on Monday and an interim superintendent could be named then.

Dansby and Johnson have both declined to comment.

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