By Crystal McGough, Associate Editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Schools Board of Education has narrowed its five superintendent candidates down to two. During a special-called meeting on Monday, March 13, the board unanimously approved a motion to bring back in Dr. Kevin Maddox, who is currently Assistant Superintendent at the Homewood City Board of Education, and Dr. Holly Sutherland, who is the current Superintendent of Haleyville City Board of Education.
“The week before last we interviewed five people and over the last week we’ve been calling references and checking our references and all of that,” Board President Kathy Brown said.
After taking time to talk with Interim Superintendent Dr. Frank Costanzo and Alabama Association of School Boards educational consultant Dr. Michael Barber about the procedure and what to do next, the board agreed to choose a couple of candidates to bring back in for additional information and potentially one-on-one or two-on-one conversations with board members.
“This may seem like a slow process but we are certainly doing our job,” Brown said. “We want to be diligent about it, to be checking everybody out and getting more conversation with the candidates that we feel qualified.”
Board member Mark Sims said that he found all of the candidates impressive.
“I’d like to thank all of them for their interest and their passion for education,” he said. “That’s very important.”
Brown added that TCS originally had 29 applicants for the position.
“That’s certainly a compliment, and what you heard is that they’re very complementary of our city, our schools, our faculty and staff, and everything that’s going on here in the community,” she said. “So (that) certainly was nice to hear and be a part of.”
In other business, the board approved the following:
- Four certified extra service agreements
- One transfer/reassignment, classified
- One resignation, classified
- Facility Usage Agreement for Faith Community Fellowship to use the parking lot of Paine Elementary School
- Job description for Homebound Teacher
- Under $50,000 project to install lockers at Hewitt-Trussville High School
- Service agreement for the elevator at Trussville City Schools
The March monthly board meeting will be held Monday, March 20, 2023, in the board room of the TCS Central Office at 6 p.m. There will be a work session before the board meeting, beginning at 5 p.m.