Search For New Muscle Shoals School Superintendent Underway

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Faced with the unexpected resignation of long-time Superintendent Jeff Wooten, the Muscle Shoals School Board is taking steps to re-group and move forward.

School board members met Friday morning to discuss the process of naming an interim superintendent, and finding a suitable replacement for the top job.

Five school board members circled around a conference table discussing the task they have before them at the systems central office.

The group agrees the most pressing decision is finding an interim superintendent to get the school year started.

School Board President Willis Thompson said that decision could be made after candidate interviews on August 13th, “It’s a big decision, as in the role of maintaining Muscle Shoals School system in being one of the top system’s in the state.”

Once an interim is found, the school board has one-hundred and eighty days to find a permanent replacement for Jeff Wooten.

And Thompson said after eleven years with Wooten at the helm, new ideas maybe a positive for the school system.

“We will have a new vision with whomever we decide to go with,” stated Thompson. “Education, academics, the new (Career Technology Center) project that we have going, it will be very critical that we merge all of those programs together.”

The school board has not made a decision whether or not to use an outside firm in the search.

But they do agree the up to twelve-thousand dollar fee for letting someone help with the search, could be worth the money.