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April 25, 2012

Limestone board to publicly discuss superintendent candidates Thursday

Limestone County school board members will try to decide which of the five superintendent candidates they like best and which ones they plan to interview during a work session Thursday.

The public meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex on Clinton Street in Athens.

“We are getting together to discuss the candidates as to how many we are going to interview —  whether all five or not,” Board President Darin Russell said Wednesday. “We will discuss who likes who and see where we get.”

The board is seeking a replacement for former Superintendent Dr. Barry Carroll, who retired last Dec. 1 after serving 10 years as head of the county school system.

The board must hire a new superintendent by June.

The salary for the position ranges from $113,000 to $130,000 a year.

Earlier this month, the board received a list of the five finalists. The five were chosen from among 23 applicants — one from as far away as Hawaii — by a consultant the board hired for $15,000 last year to do a nationwide search. Kendy Behrends, the consultant with the Alabama Association of School Boards, announced the following five finalists during a work session. The top 5, in alphabetical order, are:

• Zebbra Green — Interim superintendent of Limestone County Schools since 2011.

Also director of elementary curriculum for Limestone Schools from 2001 to present.

• Dwight John Pullen — Assistant professor and partnership coordinator at Central Michigan University from 2011 to present.

• Thomas Michael Sisk — Human resources supervisor for Baldwin County Schools from 2003 to present.

• Joe David Walters — Superintendent for Tuscumbia County Schools from 2007 to present.

• Leonard Westbrook — Assistant superintendent for Independence School District in Missouri from 2005 to present. Also a consultant for Keystone Information Systems in New Jersey from 2005 to present.


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