Anniston BOE launches job search for next superintendent
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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The search for a new Anniston city school superintendent should officially begin today.

The superintendent’s job description is set to go live for the first time today on state and national school and job search websites, allowing anybody to apply.

The Anniston Board of Education approved the position description during a called meeting Thursday.

The description, developed by Illinois-based firm BWP and Associates, includes a salary range of $110,000 to $125,000 and has a list of various application requirements and desired employee characteristics.

Anniston school Superintendent Joan Frazier is retiring at the end of the school year.

The application process will continue through November. On Dec. 5, the BWP will bring a recommended selection of the most-qualified job candidates. Afterward, board-conducted interviews of those candidates are scheduled to be completed by Jan. 9.

“This is the most important thing you’re ever going to do as a board,” Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, associate with BWP, said of the superintendent job search.

The board unanimously approved the position description, but not before having a brief debate on whether to lower the salary range so that it would start at $105,000.

Board member Bill Robison said he would rather not have a salary range that did not include Frazier’s salary.

Frazier said that her salary will be about $107,000 when she retires.

“I’m just philosophically opposed to it,” Robison said of the higher figure at the low end of the salary range. “But with the $5,000 less at the bottom range, we would still have some negotiating room to go higher if we needed to.”

Board member C.K. Huguley and the rest of the board disagreed, however.

“We are looking for the cream of the crop,” Huguley said. “We need a greater incentive to bring in a stellar candidate.”

BWP compiled the multi-page description using recommendations from the board and surveys of residents. It states the board prefers candidates have experience as a principal and as a classroom teacher and that they provide evidence of eligibility of an Alabama superintendent’s certificate.

Candidate qualities sought by the board include strong community leadership skills, the ability to listen and communicate and the ability to develop long-range plans to better the school system.

In other business, the board heard from consulting firm Montgomery and Associates about a proposal to help the board negotiate a portion of the city’s 1-cent sales tax the Anniston City Council passed last year. There has been a debate between the board and council regarding how much of the tax revenue the school system should receive.

The council had requested a report of specific school system needs before it would further consider money approprations.

The proposed plan would identify the school system’s major areas of concern and develop strategies to correct those issues. It would also specify how long such actions would take.

The board took no action on the plan proposal.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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