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Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack D. Dale returned home from the hospital on Sunday afternoon and is recuperating, according to school officials.

FCPS released a statement Wednesday saying Dale, 64, had been rushed to a hospital because of a medical emergency. While the school system would not confirm what ailed Dale, the Washington Post reported the superintendent suffered an aortic aneurysm while at work. He was admitted to Inova Tuesday evening.

“Dr. Dale was released from the hospital on Sunday afternoon and is recuperating from home,” school spokesman John Torre said in a statement. “He is making progress and is not expected to return to work until early June on a part-time basis. Dr. Dale and his wife, Val, thank everyone for their well wishes, thoughts and prayers.”

Dale, who became superintendent in 2004, is set to retire at the end of June. He made the announcement nearly two years ago. His replacement, Karen Garza of the Lubbock (Tex.) Independent School District, was announced in April. Garza will start work July 1.

“Deputy Superintendent Richard Moniuszko will manage the duties of the superintendent’s office in Dr. Dale’s absence,” wrote School Board Chairman Ilryong Moon (At-large) in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

hhobbs@fairfaxtimes.com