Anniston school board gets update on superintendent search
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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The Anniston school system's hunt for a new superintendent has so far yielded 10 applicants since the search began two weeks ago.

During its regular meeting Thursday, the Anniston Board of Education received an update on the search for a person to replace Superintendent Joan Frazier, who plans to retire at the end of the school year. The board posted the job description Oct. 4 on various state and national job-search websites, allowing anybody to apply.

Board president Donna Ross said the 10 candidate files are in “various states of completion.”

The school board hired Illinois-based firm BWP and Associates to develop the job description, which includes a salary range of $110,000 to $125,000. The description has a list of application requirements and desired employee characteristics, such as having experience as a principal and classroom teacher.

Ross said she and the rest of the board had yet to see any of the job applications. BWP will continue collecting the applications through November. On Dec. 5, the firm will recommend a selection of the most-qualified candidates to the board. Afterward, the board will conduct interviews of those candidates through Jan. 9.

Ross said she was excited that 10 people had already qualified for the superintendent position.

"I'm encouraged by that," Ross said. "I feel we will have a great group of candidates and I'm looking forward to seeing the cream of the crop."

Also during the meeting, state Rep. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston, presented a $3,000 check to the board to support a spring field trip to the state capital for the school system's fourth-graders. Boyd complimented Anniston's students, saying previous fourth-grade classes from the school system were always well-dressed and well-behaved when they visited Montgomery.

"They make Anniston look good and they make me look good," Boyd said.

The board also approved an extension of several months for a contract with the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. Frazier said the development commission is analyzing where the city's elementary school students live so that new school zone lines can be drawn.

"A time extension will not cost the board any more money," Frazier said. "This just gives them more time."

In other business the board:

- Approved the financial reports for July and August.

- Approved a field trip to the Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta for Cobb Elementary students.

- Held a public hearing to show the school system was in compliance with the Child Internet Protection Act.

- Recommitted to an agreement between it and Coosa Valley Youth Services.

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

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