Tuscaloosa City Schools

The Tuscaloosa City Schools Board is one step closer to selecting a new superintendent.

After months of searching a nationwide for applicants, the board found five finalists they’ll begin interviewing in a matter of weeks.

Three of those finalists come from outside the system. They are:

  • Dr. Garrett Brundage is currently assistant superintendent in Rockdale County, Georiga.
  • Dr. Barbra Cooper, a deputy superintendent from Huntsville.
  • Dr. John Covington, a consultant to the McComb School District in Mississippi.
  • Dr. Avis Williams, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Tuscaloosa City Schools.
  • Dr. Mike Daria, interim superintendent for TuscaloosaCity Schools.

City School Board Chairman Lee Garrison said they’ve got a strong field of candidates, and the interview process begins July 18.

“We need someone that gets to the office early every morning,” Garrison said. “Somebody that returns emails, phone calls, gets out in the community, if a figure in the community. And you know, frankly, we haven’t had that in awhile.”

Garrison said a new superintendent should be picked by the end of the month, but emphasized all upcoming meetings discussing the candidates are open to the public and parents are encouraged to attend.

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