Interviews begin in Jefferson County Superintendent search

      The Jefferson County Board of Education has a tough decision ahead?{} Who will be the next Superintendent of the system?

      Board members began interviewing the five candidates on September 17th.{}

      Dr. Stephen Nowlin, the Superintendent of Lee County Schools in Opelika, was the first of five finalists.{}

      "This is just a greater chance to have an impact on more kids' lives, " says Nowlin.{}

      Nowlin also says he has high expectations.

      Nowlin agrees with how Jefferson County's budget is currently handled.{}

      "I do believe on their approach that they need to maintain two months operating expenses," Nowlin says.{} He also says that method speaks well of current Superintendent, Dr. Phil Hammonds.

      The other candidates to be interviewed this week are as follows:

      • Dr. Karyle Green, Superintendent in New Haven, Indiana.
      • Dr. Julie Hannah, Director of Student Learning with the Alabama Department of Education. She has also served as Interim Deputy Superintendent in Jefferson County.
      • Alan Dale Robbins, Retired Superintendent of Gwinnett County public schools in Georgia.
      • Brett Stanton, Superintendent of Haralson County schools in Tallapoosa, Georgia.{}

      The board hopes to name a new Superintendent by the first week in October.{} Current Superintendent, Dr. Phil Hammonds, is set to retire in February.