Madison Co. School Board Wants The Power To Appoint Superintendent

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– The Madison County Board of Education signaled it wants state lawmakers to help change a law dealing with how the superintendent is selected.

Currently, the district is one of a handful in the state where voters elect a person to the top post.

The board passed a resolution Thursday evening asking to change the rules so they can appoint someone to the post rather than dealing with an election.

Board members say they have tried to get this changed in the past with no success but are hopeful state lawmakers will step up this time around.

“We feel the state qualifications has approved for the elected position are in our opinion minimal and we feel that as a board to be able to search nationwide would be a benefit to our children and that is the bottom line,” said school board member Mary Louise Stowe.

Alabama State Representative Phil Williams (R) told WHNT News 19 he is committed to working to bring this issue to the voters.

“If the people have decided to make this an appointed position I will give all my energy to see that through,” said Williams.

Currently, Dr. David Copeland is Superintendent of Madison County Schools.  He was appointed to fill the term of the former elected superintendent, Terry Davis, who stepped down before he finished his term.

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