Two principal positions open at Selma City Schools

Published 9:13 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Some leadership changes are taking place within the Selma City School System with a shift in two principal positions — one at R.B. Hudson Middle and the other at Selma High School.

During a recent Selma City School Board meeting the board approved the transfer of Wanda McCall from the position of Selma High principal to a position in the Selma City School System central office. The board approved the resignation of Logan Searcy as principal of R.B. Hudson in May, as she accepted a position with the Alabama State Department of Education.

Currently both principal positions are vacant, but the board hopes to fill both positions before Selma City Schools resume classes, which for students is Aug. 19. In fact, Selma City Schools Superintendent Gerald Shirley said hopefully applicants for both positions will be discussed and approved during next Thursday’s school board meeting.

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“Those were the only two principals to move or shift within the system,” Shirley said. “We’re going to meet about that Thursday night; hopefully we will name someone at least at the middle school and maybe at the high school — hopefully both of them.”

Shirley said he was not yet aware of details regarding the possible candidates, but noted applicants have been interviewed for the middle school, but no one has been interviewed for the position at the high school.

“There have been interviews for R.B. Hudson Middle, but not for the high school,” he said. “We will begin interviews sometime next week for the position of principal.”

Shirley explained to the board during Tuesday night’s work session that the administrative position, like that of principal, must be advertised for 14 days before the position is filled. He noted the 14-day advertisement of the Selma High School principal position ended Monday, July 1, while the position at R.B. Hudson has been vacant and beyond the required time period for more than a month.

Shirley said applicants can be interviewed during the 14-day period, but said it’s typically “good practice” to wait, noting there may be quality applicants who apply on the last day.

“We try to wait until the particular time period has elapsed to do the interviews,” he said, noting they also try to have a team conduct interviews for each of the applicants.

Shirley said the principal positions are open to anyone who is certified in administration.