Interviews set for six candidates

County seeking superintendent

Community members, parents, school system employees and the general public is invited to the Flomaton High School auditorium Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 26, 27, and 29 to observe the Escambia County School Board interview the six finalists for the next superintendent of education.

Two of the six finalist will be interviewed each day, one beginning at 6 p.m. and the second starting at 8 p.m. Public comment is not allowed.

Each interview will be a little more than an hour. Each candidate has been given 15 questions that will be asked addressing the issues, their educational philosophies and other aspects that will effect the position of superintendent. The meeting will have a mediator who will monitor the time and length of the interview as questions asked by school board members are answered.

The candidates, in no certain order, are: Principal Gary Glass, Monroe County Schools; Michele M. McClung, director of teaching, learning and assessment for Mobile County Public Schools; Escambia Co. (Ala.) Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sandra Reid; Wade Shipman, former superintendent of Tallassee City Board of Education (retired); Dr. Barbarietta Turner, director of student services for Monroe County Board of Education; and Dr. Stephen 'Clay' Webber, principal for Marshall County Board of Education.

Alabama Association of School Board's Mike Barber conducted three meetings throughout the community to gather input to see what leadership qualities the community wanted in a superintendent. These six candidates were chosen from 21 applicants who applied for the position.

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