State hires away Lowndes County superintendent in unanimous vote

State hires away Lowndes County superintendent in unanimous vote

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Board of Education has unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Daniel Boyd with the recommendation of new state Supt. Dr. Eric Mackey.

Mackey made several personnel decision announcements during Thursday's board meeting.

Boyd's new position with the state will be as deputy state superintendent of instruction. He previously spent more than a decade with the Lowndes County School System as its superintendent.

Mackey praised Boyd as "an outstanding educator" and said, "he is one of the smartest, best educators and one of the most committed people to children that we have in this state and we are thrilled to have him on our staff."

The board's approval means Boyd will assume his new position with the state education department on July 1. His salary will be $186,271 annually according to information provided at the meeting.

The hiring means Lowndes County will have to seek a new superintendent, though no details on that effort are currently available. A school official said the issue could be taken up at the next school board meeting on June 21.

Dr. Jeff Langham

In addition to Boyd's hire, Supt. Mackey announced additional responsibilities for Dr. Jeff Langham, who currently serves as deputy state superintendent, division of external affairs. Langham will also assume the responsibilities of chief of staff, something Mackey says he's basically been doing for the last month.

The position does not require board approval.

Terry Roller

And as a matter of "housekeeping", Mackey reintroduced Terry Roller, who was hired by the State BOE in June to be the chief administrating officer of the Montgomery Public Schools Intervention in May.

Roller, who was the superintendent of Talladega City Schools, will need to be officially approved with a board resolution to be the CAO, something the board did not do in May.

Mackey said several other cabinet-level positions remain vacant but he hopes to have them filled "by the end of the summer."

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