Head of Alexandria Country Day School resigns, and police open probe

By Kevin Sieff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 1, 2010; 7:31 PM

The head of Alexandria Country Day School has resigned, and the Alexandria Police Department has opened an investigation based on information provided by school officials.

In an e-mail sent to parents Monday afternoon, David Ayres, president of the school's board of trustees, wrote that the board "asked for and received Exie Harvey's resignation."

Alexander "Exie" Harvey had been head of the school for 10 years.

Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt wouldn't discuss the basis of the investigation, which school officials communicated to the department within the past 24 hours. "No criminal actions or charges have been established or confirmed," she said.

Harvey denied that he was forced to resign and said he was unaware that school officials had prompted a police investigation.

"I swear on a stack of bibles that never came up," Harvey said. "I chose to resign because I want to spend more time with my family. It's time to smell the roses."

Alexandria Country Day is a K-8 private school with 228 students. It prides itself on its small class sizes and charges more than $20,000 in annual tuition.

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