Bill could rid state of superintendent elections

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ALABAMA (WHNT) - On its way to the House floor is a bill that would do away with the election of superintendents

"Anytime you take the vote away from the people, without giving the people a chance to give their opinion or their vote on it, it's always a little bit concerning," said Bill Hopkins Jr., superintendent of Morgan County Schools.

He's one of few elected superintendents in the state, but he sees the pros to making appointments the standard.

"[An appointed system is] based on qualifications, it's not based on who can go out and meet the most people," he said.

Appointed Huntsville superintendent Casey Wardynski says the appointment method pushes cooperation with the school board.

"When I listen to elected superintendents, I don't get that same sense that there's a team effort there," he said.

He went on to explain that he thinks the real variable is whether the board is elected or appointed.

"It might change the dynamic with their board, it think that would be conducive to collaboration and hammering things out ahead of times."

Hopkins says that superintendents seem to be split on the decision state-wide, saying that leaders who have been involved in ugly campaigns advocate for superintendent appointment.

The bill was approved by the House committee Wednesday.


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