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Update on Search for TCSS Superintendent and Chief School Financial Officer

  • February 13, 2020


    According to the Code of Alabama, a Superintendent position must post for a minimum of 30 days, and a Chief School Financial Officer position must post for a minimum of 14 days. In the postings for each of these positions within the Tuscaloosa County School System, interested candidates are instructed to submit their application materials to Mr. Ray Ward, attorney for the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education. Submitted applications are available for individual Board of Education members to view, but beyond that, the names of all applicants remain confidential, until an applicant is selected for an interview. At that time, an applicant’s name becomes public. Interviews are open to the public. However, the Board is not required to hold interviews, and may select a candidate based on their application.

    The CSFO position has now closed. In a called meeting of the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education on February 13, Mr. Ward recommended two applicants for CSFO to be interviewed by the Board. Those candidates are Mr. Jay Duke and Ms. Jennifer Shirley. The selection of these two candidates for interviews does not preclude additional applicants from being interviewed. After these two interviews, the Board may choose to move forward with one of the applicants, choose one or more remaining candidates to interview, or reopen the position.

    Mr. Duke currently serves as Interim CSFO and Accounting Supervisor for Tuscaloosa City Schools. From 2014 – 2019, he served as CSFO for the Hale County Board of Education. Ms. Shirley currently serves as Chief School Financial Officer for Pickens County Schools. She has served in that role since October 2004.

    The Board of Education will interview both candidates on Monday, February 17, in the board room at the TCSS Central Office. The Board will interview Mr. Duke at 4 p.m. and Ms. Shirley at 5:30 p.m.

    The Superintendent position will not close until February 17. Following that date, applicants may be selected for interviews, at which time those applicant names would become public. Interviews would be open to the public. The Board may also choose to extend the job posting.

    In January, Tuscaloosa County School System CSFO Mr. Danny Higdon announced his upcoming retirement on March 31, 2020. TCSS Superintendent Dr. Walter Davie announced his upcoming retirement on May 31, 2020. Tuscaloosa County Board of Education President Mr. Charles Orr expressed his desire to begin the search process quickly, with a goal of having successors named for both positions, prior to the retirement dates.