- Cullman, Alabama

March 16, 2014

Appointed county superintendent listing closes March 21

County schools announcement expected in mid-May

By Trent Moore
The Cullman Times

— The official job listing for the Cullman County Board of Education’s new appointed superintendent went live a few weeks ago, and the March 21 deadline to apply is quickly approaching.

The search is being handled by the Alabama Association of School Boards, and the AASB will be responsible for vetting all applicants and submitting a top five list to the school board at a tentative meeting in early-to-mid April.

Though she could not reveal how many applications have been completed, AASB consultant Dr. Kendy Behrends said the process is going well and the Cullman job is on pace with comparable positions at this point.

“Everything is coming along as planned, and we’ve had a number of people apply,” she said. “Some have not completed their applications, which is typical being a week out, and our online system sends out reminders. We remain right on target.”

The minimum salary for the position is $115,000, with a final contract negotiable based on experience and demonstrated success. A doctorate is preferred, but not required for consideration.

Traits identified as the most important for potential applicants include a demonstrated ability to raise achievement, strong instructional leadership skills, ability to lead the administrative team and evaluate personnel and programs effectively, a record of accomplishments in the candidate’s current position, strong financial management skills, a strong work ethic and a passion for education and leading and a commitment to treating stakeholders with fairness and respect.

All those points were developed from in-person interviews and an online survey conducted by the AHSAA, which saw more than 700 people participate.

Per state law, the new superintendent must have or be eligible for an Alabama certificate in administration, five years experience in a public school setting and a degree from a recognized four-year college or university.

Once the listing closes on March 21, the AASB team will spend approximately two weeks screening and vetting applicants, with a list of five candidates delivered to the board on April 8. The board will then conduct interviews with the five candidates in mid-April, and spend the period from April 21 until May 2 to check references and conduct site visits.

Current superintendent Billy Coleman, who has volunteered to retire from his elected position to make way for the appointed superintendent under the newly created system, is set to retire July 1. Coleman and the school board petitioned the state legislature to make the change, noting they believed it would be in the best interest of the system.

Board members hope to announce a candidate between May 2-14, 2014, while also negotiating a final contract with the selection. The new superintendent would then start on July 1, matching up with Coleman’s planned retirement date.

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