Superintendent search begins
by David Atchison
PELL CITY – The search for a new superintendent of schools has begun.

The Pell City School Board officially posted the soon-to-be vacant top job for the school system on its website and the job opening is currently advertised on the School Superintendents of Alabama’s website.

Dr. Bobby Hathcock, superintendent of Pell City Schools, said the school system will post the job opening for 30 days.

The school board accepted Hathcock’s resignation Tuesday night. He will officially retire from the school system July 1.

According to the notice posted on the SSA website, candidates have until Feb. 21 to apply for the top position in the school system.

“We are at a very pivotal point in the life and history of the Pell City school system,” Greg Williams read from a written statement to the school board Tuesday night as he addressed the board about Hathcock’s performance as the superintendent for the past 11 years and about the search for a new superintendent.

Williams said he has two sons attending Pell City schools.

“His (Dr. Hathcock’s) leadership has made a significant, positive impact on this system, and we are better for it as a community,” said Williams, who said he was speaking on behalf of a group of parents. “…As parents we ask that this search process be an open, fair, objective, thorough, and formal search process to evaluate what our options are, see who’s available and also what we can possibly learn from other systems as it pertains to the education of our students.”

The superintendent’s job requires that candidates have a Masters of Arts degree from a recognized four-year college and a doctorate is preferred.

Candidates must have three years of successful educational experience as a teacher, principal, supervisor or superintendent during the five years preceding the appointment.

Candidates also must have five years administrative experience, preferably in elementary and secondary education.

Candidates must have an Alabama certificate in administration and supervision.

The superintendent’s job is a contract position.

“If we are to continue to be a (Class) 6A school system, the highest classification in the state, then we need to act like it, think like it and function like it on every level, including every decision that we make, especially as it pertains to our children’s education,” Williams said. “When we consider the future of our system we need to ask ourselves, what do we, as a system, want to look like in the next 5, 10, 15, even 20 years and beyond? As we begin this new era with this search process, it will set the tone and have direct bearing on how that question is answered for years to come.”

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