AASB to assist in search for new superintendent
by Chris Norwood
Jan 03, 2014 | 964 views |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Talladega City Board of Education agreed to enlist the aid of the Alabama Association of School Boards in choosing a successor to Superintendent Doug Campbell Friday morning. Campbell will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

The board is requesting that AASB give them a presentation at another called work session on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. at the board’s central office on South Street. The board will conduct its regular monthly meeting after the presentation, beginning at 5 p.m.

The board also agreed to update an informational brochure that has been used during superintendent searches in the past. In addition to laying out the qualifications for superintendent and information about the system and the individual schools, the brochure provides information on local budgets, geography and demographics for the city.

As listed in the current copy of the brochure, the new superintendent should have “high moral and ethical values; a commitment to maintaining qualified staff members who are dedicated to standards of excellence for all children; the ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds and interests; knowledge of an effective instructional program and an understanding of technology; the capacity to surround him/herself with strong support personnel and the ability to delegate authority in an accountable way; excellent oral and written communication skills; sensitivity to community needs and commitment to be accessible to teachers and staff; willingness to innovate and explore new ways to improve the organization of the school system; ability to recognize problems and make decisions to solve them; thorough knowledge of budgeting, finance and fundraising; a demonstrated record of community service (and) a commitment to principles of strategic planning and the ability to articulate a well-defined vision for the school system and the community.”

The superintendent must also reside within Talladega County, according to the brochure.

Although all five board members were present and met for almost an hour and a half, no official business was taken up because Friday’s meeting was announced only as a work session.

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