Information on Search for TCSS Superintendent and Chief School Financial Officer
Updated April 17, 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 were 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 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 were Mr. Jay Duke and Ms. Jennifer Shirley. The Board interviewed both candidates on February 17.
On March 10, the Board announced three more candidates to be interviewed on March 12. Those candidates were Ms. Stacy Stair, Mr. Kevin Jones, and Ms. Glendora Stephens. Mr. Jones withdrew from the process prior to his interview.
On April 17, the Board announced an additional candidate, Mr. Kirk Keith, to be interviewed on Tuesday, April 21.
The selection of candidates for interviews does not preclude additional applicants from being interviewed. After interviews are held, the Board may choose to move forward with one of the applicants, choose one or more remaining candidates to interview, or reopen the position.
The Superintendent position closed February 17. Following the closing date, applicants may be selected for interviews, at which time those applicant names would become public. Interviews would be open to the public. Further information about the Superintendent search process will be communicated as it becomes available.
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. Mr. Higdon and Dr. Davie later annouced plans postpone their retirement dates, due to the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our schools.