DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) -- It is decision time for the Dothan city school board. Tuesday they wrapped interviews for school superintendent. The two day process consisted of bringing in candidates from both outside and inside the state, some living close by and others living a little further away. The search is all in an effort to replace former superintendent Dr. Chuck Ledbetter.
The first interview Tuesday was Dr. Phyllis Edwards, a former superintendent from the Decatur, Georgia area. She spoke on being sort of a mother figure. She mentioned that she’d be able to easily relate to parents in the community.
“I think as parent’s that what we want. We want our kids to be safe and happy and be surrounded by people that really care about them and that’s something that I believe strongly.” said Edwards.
The person following Edwards after a brief intermission was Dr. Donna Ray Hill another Georgian but a former superintendent from the Macon area. And like a southerner something Hill touched on was being in the community, attending school functions such as football games.
"My focus is any parent anytime, they need to feel comfortable in talking to me so that's why I’m truly being transparent about anything", said Hill.
Monday the board had started with a local candidate, Martha Compton, and ended Tuesday with a local candidate.
Dr. Alan Miller a former superintendent but who also worked in the Eufaula school system and at Auburn University at the Montgomery campus. Something Miller touched on when grilled by the board with the relationship between the community and the school. He said that he understood the relationship between the two, referring to a smaller district he worked in where when the school had an event the town would shut down because most of the parents had a child at the school. And if given the chance to be superintendent Miller said he’s excited to bring that experience to the Circle City.
"I’m excited about the opportunity to potential work with not only our extraordinary staff here but also the families and the kids and our community partners", said Miller.
A job offer could come as early as next week. However if the board waits to long, they’d have to go through the state and ask for an extension.