Alabama BOE calls special work session to finalize superintendent search plans

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The Alabama State Board of Education (BOE) will meet Wednesday for a special-called work session to receive, discuss and finalize the plan for conducting the search for the new state superintendent of education.

The vacancy in the position follows former State Superintendent Michael Sentance‘s resignation in September.

Sentance was named to the position in August 2016. With less than a full year under his belt, he found himself on the firing line in July as the Alabama Board of Education began to question his performance.

Sentance, who oversaw nearly 900 employees at the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), was given a performance review by the state Board of Education in July, where in received low marks, and within two months resigned.

The BOE named Dr. Ed Richardson as the interim superintendent following Sentance’s resignation. Richardson had served as the state superintendent from 1995-2004.

In December, Alabama’s Board of Education presented a timeline for hiring a state superintendent through a firm.

According to AL.com:

On Feb. 8, during the regular board meeting, the board will vote on the wording and contents of the “notice of interest” packet for candidates to complete, he said.

On Feb. 9, the vacancy will be posted, and applications will be accepted, Taylor said.

During the month of March, Taylor said the firm will review candidates and in April, the board will interview finalists.

The BOE meeting and work session will be available for live online viewing here.

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