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July 11, 2014

CCBOE hiring assistant superintendent

Position will assume federal programs responsibilities

The Cullman County Board of Education has posted an opening for a new assistant superintendent, who will report to newly-appointed superintendent Dr. Craig Ross.

The position is listed as an administrative post, with no estimated salary range. An administrative certification is required, and a doctorate is preferred. The board is looking for candidate with at least eight years of administrative experience, and knowledge of practices, methods and current trends of school administration.

Interviews will begin next week, with the job listing set to close July 22.

Ross said he believes the position is necessary because it will allow additional visibility in the community and in schools, along with more help in the day-to-day management of the system.

“For my vision of what I want to do in my first five years as superintendent, with 29 schools, its going to require additional leadership to help me accomplish that vision,” he said. “It’s going to be a big undertaking with our grassroots strategic plan coming up, and I’ll need as many boots on the ground as possible, to be in these communities to make sure we’re doing what we need to do for the community. We also want to make sure the principals feel the support of the central office, to know that we are visually in the community and at the schools.”

Along with working underneath the superintendent, the new assistant will also take on the duties previously held by federal programs coordinator Dr. Vicky Spear, who was appointed as the new principal at Vinemont Middle School this week. Vinemont High School Principal Brandon Payne is currently serving as interim federal programs coordinator.

By consolidating the federal programs position into the assistant superintendent post, Ross said it should cut down the potential cost significantly.

“That allows us to absorb that position and we’ll be doing this for a much smaller, extra expense,” he said. “It’s well worth the slight increase in cost it might represent.”

School board president Chris Carter said he and the board support the decision, and believe it will be a positive addition for the system.

“We don’t have it all finalized yet, but we are in favor,” he said. “I think it’ll be a good thing.”

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 134.

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