Interviews start for next State School Superintendent

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Education will interview candidates Wednesday afternoon for the next State Schools Superintendent.

Out of the four candidates selected, only three will be interviewed; one is out of the country. The person who gets the job will succeed Dr. Joe Morton, who stepped down this summer.

Board members say this could be one of the most important decisions they've ever made. The next Superintendent, who comes after an 11 year term from Dr. Morton, will be faced with huge funding and budget obstacles and the pressure of doing more with less.

The candidates that will be interviewed are Dr. Thomas Bice, Dr. Craig Pouncey, and Mark Bounds. Byron Garrett, the fourth candidate, is out of the country.  His interview time has not yet been decided.

The interviews will last approximately 45 minutes each, according to the Education Department.

Two of the candidates, Pouncey and Bice already serve with the Alabama Department of Education in Deputy Superintendent roles. Pouncey is also the Deputy for Administration and Financial Development.

Bounds works as a Deputy State Superintendent of School Effectiveness in the South Carolina Department of Education.

Garrett is the CEO of Lifeworks International, and was previously CEO of the National Parent Teacher Association.

Depending on how the interviews go, the board could decide to go ahead with a vote soon.

They'll start at 1:30 PM during a special called meeting in the Gordon Persons building. Since this summer, Larry Craven has served as Interim Superintendent.

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