Board vice chairman Willie Moore III referred to all 12 candidates by numbers to allow board members the opportunity to vote on which ones they would like to see as the school district’s next superintendent.
Once votes were tallied, Moore asked for a motion from board members to interview the top four choices, which passed unanimously.
“OK, this is what everybody’s waiting on, aren’t they?” Moore asked. “We will start our interview process at 1 o’clock on Monday. In no particular order, I will now announce the top four candidates that will be interviewed for the position. ... Dr. James W. Stevens, Dr. Donald Boyd Snow, Dr. Ann Jackson and Dr. Philip Westbrook.”
Stevens hails from Sycamore, Georgia, where he is currently the headmaster of the private school Crisp Academy in Cordele, Georgia.
Snow is from Decatur and currently serves as the principal of Austin High School.
Jackson, who is the only local candidate, is from Jasper and serves as the principal at Memorial Park Elementary School.
Westbrook, a former assistant superintendent for the city school system, comes from Tuscaloosa where he currently holds the position of associate professor at the University of Alabama.
Approximately one hour has been alloted for each interviewee beginning at 1 p.m. Monday. Tentatively, the public interviews will be conducted in the conference room of the Jasper City Board of Education unless the room fills to maximum capacity where it will then be moved to the library of Maddox Middle School.
In other business, the board:
• approved the appointment of Jean Lollar, the district’s current assistant superintendent, as the school system’s interim superintendent.
• approved the agenda with only two changes that needed to be made.
• approved the minutes from the June 16, 2014, meeting.
• approved the disposal of surplus items in the district.
• approved the monthly personnel report and recognized new city school employees.