The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education is working with the Alabama Association of School Boards to help find their next superintendent.

Former Superintendent Paul McKendrick resigned May 3, and Mark Daria was appointed as interim superintendent.

School Board President Lee Garrison was absent from Tuesday’s board meeting, but Vice Chair Earnestine Tucker said the board is pleased with the association’s progress regarding the search.

The association’s findings will be presented at the system’s regular board meeting June 9, but the board is looking for community input at a called meeting Thursday.

“It is very important that we do provide opportunities for the community to have some input,” Tucker said. “Because not only is the superintendent the instructional leader for our district, but they will also be a part of the community.”

Tucker said the board is planning on presenting the superintendent finalists by the end of the month, and make their final recommendation in July.

On Thursday, the system is hosting an engagement meeting for parents, which will be hosted by the Alabama Association of School Boards. Parents can attend any of the five offered sessions at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy (2800 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) The sessions offer parents, school employees and public officials a chance to offer feedback on what they want in their next superintendent. The sessions are:

  • 11 a.m.-noon for parents and the community
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. for school system employees and school administrators
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. for public officials in Tuscaloosa
  • 4-5 p.m. for non-administrator school system employees
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m. for parents and the community.

If you’d like to take the school system’s survey online instead, click here.

Data gathered from the survey and meetings will be anonymous, but a detailed report on the association’s findings will be presented June 9.


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