- Cullman, Alabama

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April 28, 2014

Storms dismiss schools, move appt. superintendent interview

CULLMAN — With a major storm system hitting Cullman County this week, local education leaders made the decision to dismiss schools early on Tuesday and reschedule the interview with the final candidate vying for the county system’s appointed superintendent opening.

Both the Cullman County Board of Education and Cullman City Schools will dismiss at noon on Tuesday. Schools also dismissed at noon on Monday, while Wallace State closed at 1 p.m. due to anticipated storms.

Much like events developed on Monday, the storm system is expected to hit the area in the early afternoon, so schools will close early in an effort to keep students and parents off the road when the inclement weather is set to arrive.

“We thought this was the best thing to do, to make that call now so people can make their plans and be prepared,” county schools superintendent Billy Coleman said. “We won’t know the situation until the morning concerning this line of storms, so we’re going to get up early and be checking roads, looking for fallen trees or power outages. We’ll be monitoring things closely.”

Storms also led county schools officials to adjust the interview schedule for its new appointed superintendent candidates.

The final interview for the Cullman County Board of Education’s appointed superintendent position has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the central office board room.

The interview for Dr. Elisabeth Davis was originally set for Monday night, though the board has opted to delay the interview due to the threat of severe and inclement weather. The systemwide tour of Cullman County with Davis will also be moved to Wednesday before the interview.

Dr. Brandon Payne interviewed Tuesday, April 22; Dr. Jason Wright interviewed Wednesday, April 23; Dr. Craig Ross interviewed Thursday, April 24 and Dr. William McCown interviewed Friday, April 25.

‰ Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 134.

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