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Ablin to leave Milken Community High School

by Jonah Lowenfeld

September 9, 2011 | 5:25 pm

After four years at the helm of Milken Community High School, Jason Ablin is leaving at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

Jason Ablin, head of school at Milken Community High School, will leave the school at the end of the 2011-12 school year.

The news was announced to parents and other members of the Milken community on Sept. 9 in an e-mail that included letters from Ablin and Milken Board President Aaron Leibovic.

“With Milken transitioning into a new and exciting era and with the particular type of work that will need to be accomplished in the future, both the Board and I agreed that the future position of Head of School was not in accordance with my own professional mission,” Ablin wrote.

Ablin has been head of Milken for four years. He first began working at the high school as director of general and integrated studies in 1999.

Since the school was founded in 1990, Milken operated under the umbrella of Stephen S. Wise Temple. In March 2011, the synagogue and school announced that they were severing ties, a process that is to be finalized by July 2012.

In his letter to the Milken community, Leibovic said that Ablin and the leaders of the synagogue and school all still support the process of making Milken independent.

“I want to publicly thank [Ablin] for the significant role he has played and will continue to play as we move to conclude a final agreement between the school and temple,” Leibovic wrote.

Leibovic said the board will begin a search for a new head of school immediately.

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