Input sought on hiring superintendent
by Chris Norwood
Feb 16, 2014 | 652 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA - The Board of Education and the Alabama Association of School Boards will host a public meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, to help determine priorities for hiring a new schools superintendent.

The meeting will be held at the Osborne-Armstrong Public Library on South Street, with different meeting times for different stakeholders.

A flier announcing the event asks, “What would you like to see in the next Talladega City Schools Superintendent? Choose a meeting that represents you or come to the community meeting and share your ideas.”

There will be two meetings for the general community, the first from 11 a.m. to noon and the other from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. In between, school and system administrators will voice their opinions from 1 to 2 p.m., public officials from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and certified staff from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Support staff will be heard from from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

AASB, which the school board hired to conduct the superintendent search, is also conducting an online survey on its web site, which will remain open until Feb. 24.

The results will be presented to the board March 6, and the search criteria will be determined that same night. Advertising for the job will begin March 10, and the application deadline will be April 14.

After a screening process, the list of finalists will be presented to the board April 22, and public interviews with the finalists will be held May 5-9.

The new superintendent is scheduled to start work July 1.

Current Superintendent Doug Campbell announced that he will be retiring at the end of the current school year. The board initially agreed to conduct a statewide search without the community meetings, but after the Talladega City Council, First National Bank and Citizens Baptist Medical Center agreed to donate additional funds, the search was expanded to go national.