Superintendent interviews set for this week
by Emily Adams
SYLACAUGA – The Board of Education will interview six superintendent candidates in a series of public meetings this week.

Interview questions will be determined at a called work session Monday at 6 p.m. at the Central Office, followed by two interviews each of the subsequent three evenings.

Anthony Ball, director of operations for Scottsboro City Schools, will be the first to go at 4:30 p.m. on May 7, with Auburn City Schools Principal Michael Freeman at 6 p.m.

Ball served as principal and assistant principal in Talladega County Schools from 1998 to 2004 before moving to Scottsboro schools. He has master’s degrees in educational administration and health and physical education and was formerly a teacher in Anniston and Oxford City and Morgan County schools.

Freeman has a doctorate in administrative leadership and was the executive director of operations and services for Auburn City Schools from 2003 to 2010. He was also a teacher and coach for Auburn schools from 1993 to 2003.

On May 8, the board will interview Donald Dotson, assistant superintendent for Montgomery County BOE, at 4:30 p.m. Lee County Schools assistant superintendent Shannon Stanley will follow at 6 p.m.

Dotson was formerly director of logistics and has also been a principal for Lowndes County and director of Career Tech for Montgomery County. He has a master’s degree in special education and master’s certification in school administration and supervision.

Stanley, a doctor in instructional leadership, has been assistant superintendent for two years and was formerly a principal for Lee and Tuscaloosa County Schools and an assistant principal for Oxford City Schools and Tuscaloosa County Schools.

Interviews conclude May 9 with Trey Holladay, director of alternative programs and athletics and principal for Oxford City Schools, at 4:30 p.m. and Sharon Streeter, director of education for Dallas County Schools, at 6 p.m.

Holladay has been in his current position since 2005 and was formerly administrative assistant and head coach for Smiths Station High School, and a principal and athletic director for Lynn High and Elementary schools and Sweet Water and Coffeeville high schools. His education includes educational specialist and master’s degrees in educational leadership.

Streeter has a doctorate and master’s certification in educational leadership and a master’s degree in elementary and special education. She has also been principal and consultant for federal programs for Dallas County Schools and principal for the Department of Youth Services.

All interviews will be held at the Central Office on West Fourth Street.

The candidates were recommended last week after a search conducted by the Alabama Association of School Boards. The top six were selected from a pool of 26 applicants and narrowed primarily according to qualities expressed by board members and a community survey.

The new leader of the school system will be selected soon after interviews conclude to allow transition time before current Superintendent Renee Riggins, who has 29 years in the school system, retires in June.

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