Lawrence County interviewing for new superintendent

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MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) - Wednesday was interview day for the Lawrence County School boardmembers trying to fill a crucial spot in the district -- superintendent.

"It'd be somebody who understands Lawrence County and the situation we're in and has a passion to move our education program continually forward," said board chairman Jackie Burch.

Seven applicants have their hat in the ring, including interim superintendent Johnny Yates and two Lawrence County High teachers.

"We have no choice but to have a new superintendent and that doesn't change our budget any at all because it'll just replace the one that was already being paid for anyway," explained Burch.

So it won't add expenses, but the new leader will deal with a strapped budget.

"They're just going to have to understand that we've made our cuts and they may have some great ideas but we may not be able to finance those for the next year or two."

Six of seven applicants go before the board Wednesday and there's no telling when they'll make their final decision.

"We've got, I think until November before we absolutely have to have one in place, we hope to do it much sooner than that," said Burch.

ideally before the school year begins in August.

The complete list of applicants is as follows:

  • Dana Griggs, Ozark City School System's director of secondary curriculum and instruction, director of career and technical education
  • Jon Brett Smith, Hatton Elementary School principal
  • Jimmy Black, R. A. Hubbard agriscience teacher
  • Johnny Yates, interim superintendent
  • Andy Bradford, Lawrence County High teacher
  • Thomas Jones, LCHS principal
  • Gerry Moses, director of career and technical education for Tallapoosa Board of Education