By Trent Moore
The Cullman Times
CULLMAN — All future superintendents in the Cullman County school system will be appointed, following the last-minute passage of a local bill Monday night in the Alabama legislature.
The school board had asked legislators to change the format from elected to appointed several months ago, though some hurdles kept the bill on the table until the final day of the session, until it passed late Monday evening.
School board members and education officials say the change will allow the system to recruit and hire more qualified superintendents in the long-term, and help remove the influence of politics and elections from the way the system is operated.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Mac Buttram and supported by Sen. Paul Bussman, Rep. Ed Henry and Rep. Randall Shedd.
Check back for more information on the passage, and reactions from local officials.