OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — After multiple meetings between the board of education, Representative Michael Barber from the Alabama Association of School Boards, and the community, Ozark City Schools have narrowed the superintendent search down to five final candidates.
All of the candidates currently work in the state of Alabama, one being D.A. Smith Middle School’s Principal Dr. Danelle Peterman.
“I’ve been with the system for a very long time so I see where we are, and I see where I would like to take the system,” Peterman said. “So I’m just really excited to see us go to the next level.”
The other four candidates include Reevice Girtman, the current Eufaula High School principal, Randy Thomley, the assistant superintendent of Winfield City School, Dr. David West, the safety security and emergency management coordinator for Madison City Schools, and Charles Willis, the supervisor of accountability for Decatur City Schools.
“You do have some folks who have been athletic directors, you have folks that have been transportation directors,” Barber said. “It just depends on what school system they come from. Again, you have folks that have proven track records all the way through here.”
Many of the residents that were present seemed pleased with the candidates, as they all understand the values wanted in the Ozark city school community.
“I want to see the biggest cheerleader that we can have for our school system, a promoter, someone that believes in Ozark and our school system,” Chief Financial Officer Vivian Miller said.
Interviews for the five finalists will begin on May 10, parts of which will be open to the public.