- Cullman, Alabama

July 2, 2013

A ladder of success

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The Cullman City Schools Board of Education has identified five finalists to consider for the superintendent of education post. From all indications, each candidate brings a wealth of ability and experience to the table.

Dr. Jan Harris will soon retire from the superintendent’s position. In her years as the school system’s leader, the academic achievements and the advance of technology in the learning process have leaped to levels that make Cullman schools among the most outstanding in the state.

The challenge for Cullman’s elected school board is not to find an exact replica of Dr. Harris, but someone who will continue in the spirit of the past success and move forward with that momentum.

Once the new superintendent is named, the community should expect a high level of professionalism and a continuing push forward in the performance of the school system. But everyone should be prepared to accept that new leadership often brings changes and new approaches to reaching goals.

But that doesn’t mean the wheel is about to be reinvented.

Cullman has in place a successful group of teachers and administrators who have taken seriously the challenge of leading students forward to the next paths in their journey. The teachers and staff have played a valuable role in building a sturdy foundation for the future of Cullman schools. And soon, new facilities will make the educational experience even more rewarding for students and teachers.

As school board members weigh the qualifications of the candidates for superintendent, they are no doubt listening to the input of citizens who have taken time to learn about this distinguished group of educators. The final decision, however, will be made by the board members, who have spent a great deal of time overseeing the school system in recent years.

While the last decade has been an exciting time of progress, the goal in hiring a new superintendent should be to push the ladder of success even higher for the students who enroll in Cullman schools.