Search underway for new Dothan City Schools superintendent

Search underway for new Dothan City Schools superintendent

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Final interviews wrapped Tuesday for candidates for Dothan City Schools' next superintendent.

The board will now work to name a candidate before the end of the month.

Final interviews lasted until after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Ray Hill discussed his background as a former superintendent leading a school system in Macon County, Georgia. During his two-hour interview, one trait he brought up several times was his commitment to transparency and effective communication.

"One thing we have to do with parents is being honest and sometimes we haven't always been honest in education because we started treating it as if it was a cooperation," said Dr. Ray Hill.

Hill said it's too early to say what he'd immediately tackle if chosen for the position. His first goal is talking to people about where they believe the district should go.

"I presented to the board a 90 day plan. It's simply a plan that talks about me hitting the ground running and listening about what's happening in the school district. Talking to people finding out what their concerns are," said Dr. Hill.

Dr. Alan Miller was the last candidate to interview. Miller said he is familiar with the school system because of his ties to the Wiregrass through family. He said one thing he'd hope to tackle is bridging gaps between schools within the system.

"What is making our magnet schools stand out? What practices and policies are contributing to the success we see there? Which is really awesome, and how can we take those and replicate it in places we want to grow?" said Dr. Miller.

Miller said his leadership style is based on his experience in the military.

"It taught me that leadership is about service and about empowering those around you to accomplish a shared mission," Dr. Miller said.

Recently Dothan has had two new superintendents in the last few years. Both Hill and Miller said if they got the job, they would be committed to staying long term.

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