Decatur City School Board names former Guntersville superintendent for interim position

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DECATUR, Ala. - Two weeks after Decatur City Schools lost its superintendent, the school board unanimously voted Dale Edwards as their interim superintendent.

The board spent Tuesday afternoon interviewing three candidates - Marti Rizzuto, Sammy Felton and Dale Edwards.

"He is from Guntersville. He's been a superintendent. He's been an interim superintendent in Jackson County," explained Karen Duke, the school board president.

Edwards was the only candidate who has worked as an interim superintendent. Duke said without someone at the helm, they're limited.

"Everything you do in the way of personnel has to be recommended by a superintendent," she explained. "We have excellent professionals in our central office and principals in our schools so what he's going to do, as we said in the meeting, is keep us in the lane."

As a retired superintendent, state law restricts Edwards' salary, which Duke says will be in the $30,000 range.

While relieved that they have someone in place, it's in the back of their minds that by late summer, they will need a permanent replacement.

"It is lot of work to get a superintendent search going and we will start on that immediately," said Duke.

The board hopes to have a permanent replacement in the position within three to six months.