HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Huntsville City Schools Board of Education voted to make Tina Hancock the district's new chief school financial officer.
Hancock was the CSFO for Hoover City Schools and has had experience in Jackson County.
She was one of five finalists for the job that was left open when previous CSFO Bob Hagood resigned.
It was a short agenda and short discussion at Thursday evening's Huntsville city school board meeting. After a round of interviews this week, the board had five names to consider for its new chief financial officer.
"She said being a teacher has taught me how to deal with people and to compromise. It's also helped me to see the students on the other side of the dollar," board member Elisa Ferrell said as nominating Tina Hancock for the position.
Hancock was the second name brought up for a vote. She's the current financial officer for Hoover city schools. She was chosen in a 3-to-2 vote.
"It was a close vote, obviously. But we're excited to work with Miss Hancock. I think she'll be a great addition to this team," superintendent Christie Finley said. "It is a collaborative effort. We have a lot of work to do, but we're excited to get her here so we can move on and make a plan for Huntsville city schools."
Hancock will take over after Bob Hagood resigned last month. He told the board it was an accounting error last summer that gave the district heartburn as they ran short of funds and risked having just a few million dollars in operating money.
"Superintendent Finley has alerted the board to several things. I'm confident with her leadership along with the strengths that Miss Hancock brings, this is unlikely to happen again," board president Beth Wilder said.
"In the past, several contracts were given out and not bid," board member Michelle Watkins said. "Now, we're going to be following Alabama bid law. And that is going to ensure we get our best bang for our buck."
It's unknown how soon Ms. Hancock could start.
Wilder says the school district's attorney and Hancock's attorney will sit down and work out a contract including her salary.