MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Board of Education has voted to name Dr. Ann Roy Moore the school district's new superintendent.
Moore is the current interim superintendent for MPS. Moore served as the superintendent for Huntsville City Schools before coming out of retirement for the interim superintendent job.
The board interviewed four finalists for the position Thursday afternoon. The candidates were each asked 10 questions during the interviews, and some were from Mayor Todd Strange and members of the community. Board members rated the four candidates on their responses to the questions using a scale of zero to five.
Interview highlights from each candidate:
- Larry E. DiChiara, Ed.D.: Prepared a 30-day plan for MPS, led Selma City Schools out of intervention, created alternative school programs for disruptive students in past roles and left all past systems with more than what's required in reserve funds.
- Angela Mangum Ph.D.: Says building relationships with board members is top priority, wants to provide education and support to teachers, pushes for collaboration in leadership and believes in developing students' character to prevent behavioral issues.
- Robert A. Griffin, Ed.D.: Believes in data-based education and looking at finances and instructional data to create plan, experience in grant writing for school funding, experience in providing mental health support for behavioral issues in students.
- Ann Roy Moore Ed.D.: Provided steps already taken as interim superintendent, values policy and procedure, worked as an interventionist for Selma City Schools and sees collaboration and hearing a number of views before making decisions.
Despite voting to choose a new leader, the system remains under state intervention. Interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson has cautioned that during intervention "the State superintendent has full authority to override the decision," and added "I will review the credentials of the person selected and the contract including salary, benefits and length of proposed contract before making a decision."
Dr. Moore acknowledged that the intervention is a "challenge," but she said it is one she is confident the system will be able to move through.
"I'm very excited because I love education and I love being involved in the mix of doing the things that we are required to do and educating our students, and working with people," Dr. Moore said. "I just love doing that."
The board voted 6-1 to elect Dr. Moore. The one opposing vote came from Board Vice President Dr. Lesa Keith who said she believed Dr. Larry DiChiara was the most qualified to serve MPS under its current status. She said she is concerned about Dr. Moore's salary, and said the system does not have the funds to pay more than $200,000 for a superintendent salary.
However, Board Member Arika Watkins-Smith said she is confident that all of the issues related to what the Board can afford to pay will be handled appropriately during contract negotiations.
MPS officials said there is no timeline yet for when the contract will be drawn up but confirmed her interim superintendent contract expires May 31.