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Reyes among top six for superintendent

Published 11:58am Friday, April 5, 2013

Work session reveals top choices for next BOE leader

Terry Jenkins, representative of the Alabama Association of School Boards, named Benjamin Russell High School Principal Jose Reyes as one of the top six contenders for superintendent of Alexander City Schools at a board of education work session Thursday evening.

“First of all I’m very humbled the organization that did the search selected my name as one of the six names,” Reyes said. “Obviously it’s been my goal for the last 17 years of my education career to be a superintendent. More than that, I love the kids of Alexander City. I’ve poured 10 years of my life into Alex City, and this is my home. This is the place I care about. I hope to get the job and, if so, continue to do the things I’ve done here, and that’s work hard and always put the needs of our students first and foremost. This is where we want to be, and we want to contribute any way that we can.”

Other candidates included the following:

- Dr. Darrell Cooper, Jasper (Ala.) city assistant superintendent for secondary schools since 2007

- Allen Martin, Baldwin County (Ga.) assistant superintendent since 2008

- Dr. James McCoy, Commerce (Ga.) city school district superintendent since 2005

- Dr. Dwight Pullen, assistant professor/partnership coordinator for Central Michigan University in Atlanta since 2011

- Dr. Julius Shanks, Montgomery (Ala.) Public Schools director of school improvement and federal programs since 2010

Jenkins said all of the candidates committed to serving as superintendent for at least 10 years, barring dismissal at the school board’s discretion.

Jenkins told board members that two of the candidates, McCoy and Pullen, also made the top five candidates for superintendent of Lee County Schools.

Board President David Sturdivant said he would begin scheduling interviews with each of the candidates in the next few days. Board members agreed, at Jenkins’ suggestion, to interview all of the candidates listed.

Board member Michael Ransaw was not present.

“I feel encouraged by the number of quality applicants, and I’m excited about the process going forward,” Sturdivant said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Sturdivant tentatively set another board work session for Monday at 5 p.m. in the BOE conference room to finalize interview questions and report available dates for superintendent candidates to interview.

Jenkins thanked board members for allowing the AASB to assist the board in the superintendent search process and said this is normally the time for the AASB to “take a step back” from the process, though he would be available for questions or concerns from board members.

“Now the work really starts taking place,” Jenkins said.

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