Daleville City Schools conduct interviews for superintendent

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DALEVILLE, Ala. (WTVY) - The Daleville Board of Education had plenty of questions to ask Thursday night at a special called work session. They conducted interviews for the vacant superintendent position.

The current superintendent, Dr. Diane Flournoy's two year contract came up this month.

The board decided not to extend it.

Instead, they opened the position up and went to work interviewing candidates.

"I am fully invested in the students, the families, in this place,” said Superintendent Candidate Josh Robertson. “I live 10 houses back from the football stadium. It seems like I never leave the campus."

Daleville High School Principal Josh Robertson is one of four finalists for the vacant superintendent position in Daleville City Schools.

The school board is looking to make a change, especially since Windham Elementary School dropped from a "C" down to an "F" on its report card this year.

"I don't think the grades reflected exactly what we were capable of, and if we can get somebody to get everybody working together to get us in the right direction, I think that will be a vast improvement,” said Daleville City Schools Board Chairman Steve Kirkland. “That's what we're looking for."

Charlie Wigglesworth, whose son graduated from Daleville High, sat and listened to all four of the candidate interviews over the course of two days.

"I wanted to come and see how the board was going to interview each and every one of the candidates and it has been a very fair process,” said Wigglesworth.

"You heard me talk about grants,” said Superintendent Candidate Dr. Danelle Peterman. “I will do everything I can to make sure we are bringing revenue within this school district."

The board had 22 qualified applicants, and narrowed it down to five for interviews, one of which dropped out of the running.

Now they've finished the interviews and will have a few days to make a decision.

"They came with plans already in hand, even though some of them had never even been to this school before,” said Kirkland. “They already had a plan of action and had a desire it seemed like. The board, we have our work cut out for us."

The four finalists are:

Dr. Danelle Peterman - principal of D.A. Smith Middle School in Ozark.

Dr. Jason Hadden - principal at New Brockton Elementary School

Josh Robertson – principal at Daleville High School

Dr. Lisa Stamps - principal of Elvin Hill Elementary School in Columbiana.

Chairman Kirkland said the board will have a special called work session Monday afternoon where they hope to announce their decision.

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