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State school board names education consultant Michael Sentance new superintendent

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) –  Education consultant Michael Sentance is the new Superintendent of Schools for the state of Alabama.

All board members were present for the meeting.

There was a lot of discussion before the vote as to the process of how to vote for the superintendent. Ultimately the board had an open vote where members nominated a candidate then showed a vote of raising their hands for each candidate.

The board made the announcement during it’s scheduled meeting that began at 10:00 a.m. The full agenda can be seen here.

The finalists for the position included three local school superintendents, including one who is a veteran of the state Department of Education.

The finalists are: Stanford University research fellow Williamson Evers; Madison school superintendent Dee Fowler; Jefferson County superintendent Craig Pouncey; Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education Secretary Jenna Ross; education consultant Michael Sentence; and Florence city school superintendent Janet Womack.