Madison City School Board chooses Robby Parker to be next superintendent

MADISON, Ala. – The search is over. The Madison City School Board picked Robby Parker to be the next superintendent. Parker is closing in on his 30th year with Madison City Schools. He’s served in the classroom, school administration and currently works as Assistant Superintendent.

During his interview with the board, Parker said he believes his inside knowledge is his greatest advantage.

“I don’t have to have a 90 day plan or a 180 day plan, I’ve got a tomorrow plan,” said Parker.

Parker told the board under his leadership, the district would continue down the same trajectory as it was with Dee Fowler at the helm.

“As far as test scores go, we’re the number 3 school district in the state. So to come in here and change everything would truly be foolish because we’re in the top 3 in the state but I do think there are so many things we can do, that we can build on,” he said.

The Madison City School Board said choosing a new district leader was a challenging process but they believe they’ve made the right choice.

Robby Parker said he’s thrilled by the board’s decision to make him superintendent, but 28 years ago when he first started at the district he never imagined he’d be here.

“I did not become a teacher to be a superintendent or principal or anything else,” said Parker. “I got into it because I wanted to be a school teacher. The lord has led me in different directions and the lord has led me to superintendent now and I am so excited.”

All of the board members said that what makes Parker stand out from everyone else is his love for kids.

“Every kid is a genius at something,” said Parker. “That’s our job is to give them confidence and create an opportunity in which they can do anything they want to do. That’s what we’ve done and that’s what we will continue to do.”

While growth is a good thing, Parker says it’s an issue the district needs to tackle.

“We’ve been growing for a number of years and we will continuing to grow. So, those things are right in front of us and things that we’ve been working on and we will be working on at 8 in the morning.”

Parker will go through contract negotiations with the district in the next week. His official first day as superintendent is February 1st.