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Covering superintendent selection

Published 12:47pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

As most of you know, the Alexander City Board of Education is gearing up for interviews of the top six candidates for superintendent.

One of these six men will serve as the next leader of Alexander City Schools.

It’s worth noting that each of these candidates has made a commitment to stay with our school system for at least 10 years, at the board’s discretion.

We understand that because of jobs and extracurricular activities that not every parent or interested person will be able to attend these interviews, which start at 5 each evening next week.

I think it’s vital for the public to have access to view each candidate’s public interview — and that’s where The Outlook will come in.

The interviews will be taped in their entirety and posted to The Outlook’s YouTube account.

We’ll be sure to post links to each video on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

After the interviews are completed, we’ll publish a summary story about the interview process.

We encourage you not only to watch each video but also to make your opinions known about what you think our city schools need in their next leader.

Sign up to be a user on our forums ( and get the discussion going, or write us a guest column or letter to the editor to make your voice heard.

While ultimately the decision will be the board’s, we feel it is important to provide a community forum on this very important public issue.

We’ve had a history of great superintendents in the Alex City Schools, and I look forward to seeing how the next one will make changes for the better.

So help us start the conversation.

Let us know where you think our school system does a great job — or where you think we have room to improve.

Anyone, from people with children in the system to teachers or regular citizens with no school ties at all, has a right to voice his or her opinion.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please give me a call at (256)234-4281.

Spears is general manager and managing editor for The Outlook.