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JefCoEd names interim superintendent

By Gary Lloyd

HOMEWOOD — The Jefferson County Board of Education on Friday named Bobby Neighbors, of Nixburg, its interim superintendent.

Neighbors replaces Stephen Nowlin, who has moved to a consulting job within the school system.

Neighbors was the Jefferson County School District superintendent from 2000-2003. He was appointed when the school system was put in state intervention for financial challenges.

Bobby Neighbors
photo courtesy of Jefferson County Schools

“He calmed the waters and helped us through difficult challenges then, and he can

do so again for us,” said board President Jennifer Parsons.

Neighbors formerly was the former superintendent of Jasper City Schools. His son, Mark Neighbors, is the superintendent of Opelika City Schools.

Neighbors’ first official day will be Monday, May 12. He will serve as interim superintendent for the system’s 56 schools through June 30. His compensation can’t exceed $23,000 because he is in the retirement system for the Alabama Retirement System for Alabama schools. The board expects to have a permanent superintendent by July 1.

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