Final five

named for superintendent

At a special meeting last Thursday, Oneonta City School Board members received recommendations for five candidates for superintendent to replace Scott Coefield who resigned May 31 to take a job as superintendent of Pelham City Schools.

The five candidates recommended by the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB), hired by the Oneonta school board to conduct the search, are presented in alphabetical order below. Four are from Alabama; one is from Georgia. Details of their qualifications and experience are taken from the summary provided board members by the AASB.

All meet state qualifying criteria for superintendents in Alabama. Three hold doctorate degrees in educational administration or instructional leadership, and two hold educational specialist degrees in educational leadership.

Dr. Stephen (Michael) Douglas, of Arab, is currently employed as principal of Arab High school. Douglas served seven years previously as principal of schools in Arab and Albertville and three years as a gifted teacher in the Auburn City schools system. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Auburn University and a doctorate in educational leadership from The University of Alabama.

Mr. Allen Martin, of Milledgeville, Ga., is currently employed as assistant superintendent/athletic director of the Baldwin County (Ga.) Board of Education. Martin served three years as principal in the same system and also served as detention officer in Baldwin County for 5 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Georgia College and State University, and will soon receive his doctorate in educational leadership from Georgia Southern University.

Mr. Robert (Kyle) McCartney, of Odenville, is currently employed as principal in the Oxford City schools system. He has served five years as a principal and assistant principal in the Oxford and Hoover City Schools systems. He also served as academic director for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. He holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Troy University, and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from UAB.

Dr. Brandon Payne, of Cullman, is currently employed as principal of Vinemont High School for the Cullman County system. He has served seven years previously in other positions as principal and assistant principal in the system. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Athens State University, and a doctorate in instructional leadership and technology from The University of Alabama.

Dr. Donald Snow, of Decatur, is currently employed as principal of Austin High School by the Decatur City schools system. He served seven years in two previous jobs as principal and assistant principal in the same system. He hold a bachelor’s degree in science education from Auburn University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from The University of Alabama.

The board will conduct interviews of the candidates – one candidate per evening – on each of the following dates: July 21, 22, 28, 29, and 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interviews will follow a luncheon with board members, a tour of the community with board members, and meetings with principals, teacher representatives and central office personnel. Interviews will be held in the school library and are open to the public to attend and listen (but not to participate in the process). Other business

In other business, the board approved the June financial report. It also approved the interim superintendent’s recommendations, as follows:

• supplements for system test coordinators and school coordinators.

• proposed changes to board policies 706.1 (adds electronic cigarettes to the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs policy) and 503.1 (changes the amount students are charged for meals as a part of th charged meals policy).

• lunch prices to conform with Child Nutrition Program guidelines: student – $2.50; employee – $3.25; visitor – $3.50.

• adding a special education teacher.

• accepting 10 nonresident students for middle school enrollment and 17 for elementary school enrollment; placing eight out-of-district high school students on probation for 2014-2015.

• school handbooks and technology guidelines presented at June 23 board meeting.

• proposed board policies 814.4 (concerning sex offender notification policy) and 704.5 (physical restraints and seclusion policy for children with severe behavioral problems); proposed for future consideration.

• resignation of special education teacher Teresa Broadhead.

• auditorium use by Oneonta Education Association for political forum.