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Huntsville Board of Education chooses superintendent search firm

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Thursday, the Huntsville Board of Education voted to use Iowa-based Ray & Associates, Inc. for its search for a new superintendent. They will use resources from the Alabama Association of School Boards for the community input component of the search, said spokesman Keith Ward.

This process began after former superintendent Casey Wardynski stepped down. WHNT News 19 interviewed him exclusively at his home about his decision. Board President Laurie McCaulley said they have until March 21, 2017 to replace Wardynski, and the clock is ticking.

"That means that that individual must be notified in order to give the system that they're leaving ample opportunity that they're coming, so you can start seeing the time crunch that the board is in."

The board chose Tom Drake, a longtime Huntsville educator, to serve in the interim.

It's a big deal to appoint a search firm, explained McCaulley.

"I think this board is up to the challenge, and I think that they're excited," she commented, "but they're nervous at the same time because this is one of the biggest responsibilities that a board has."

She said it's important for them to have a search firm that is collaborative.

"I think really it's the interaction with the community, and with the board, and the way they want to do the community meetings, the way they want to interview each individual board member, those things are important going forward," she told WHNT News 19.