Update 1:18 pm: "We are optimistic Dr. Dale will return to work before his scheduled retirement," Schools spokesman John Torre said.
Original: Just more than a month before he is set to retire, Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent Jack Dale has been hospitalized after a medical emergency.
Fairfax County School Board Chairman Ilryong Moon said Dale had a medical emergency late Tuesday afternoon.
He is in stable condition at a local hospital, Moon wrote. Deputy Superintendent Richard Moniuszko will step in to manage superintendent duties, Moon said.
"On behalf of the entire FCPS community, our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Dale and his family and we look forward to his return," Moon wrote.
Schools spokesman John Torre said no other information is being disclosed at this time.
Dale is set to retire June 30 after nine years at the helm of Fairfax County Public Schools, one of the largest school systems in the country. Newly-appointed superintendent Karen Garza will take over July 1.
His hospitalization comes as the school board prepares to finalize its FY 2013-2014 budget, a plan for which the system has received less money than it hoped.
Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.