Limestone County Schools superintendent passed over for Tennessee job

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Superintendent Tom Sisk will stay in Limestone County, after he did not land a job with a school system in Tennessee.

Sisk was one of two finalists selected to lead the Hawkins County School District. He had a final interview with the Tennessee school board Monday.

Tuesday he was notified that the job was instead given to Matt Hixson, who currently serves as an assistant superintendent in southern California.

Sisk is under contract with the Limestone County Board of Education  until 2021. He says he did not seek out a new position, but was recruited.

Wayne Qualls, the consultant who recruited candidates for the position, said he looked for candidates “that can bring significant change in terms of setting a vision.” Sisk’s work in Baldwin and Limestone counties reflects that, he said.

“He has apparently done a good job there,” Qualls said. “He apparently has the skill set for having a vision of what the future of public education will look like.”

Sisk is also eligible to retire in Alabama, Qualls said, which makes moving to Tennessee for another education job an attractive option.

Sisk was hired in Limestone County in 2012. Prior to that, he was the human resources supervisor for Baldwin County Schools.