Former superintendent, BOE agree to $60k settlement

Published 9:34 pm Thursday, June 8, 2017

Details of a settlement between the Selma City Board of Education and the school system’s former superintendent have been released.

The board voted two weeks ago to accept Dr. Angela Mangum’s resignation as superintendent after both sides reached a settlement.

According to the agreement, which was voted on and approved by the school board, Mangum will be given two payments of $30,000 each to total $60,000.

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The agreement states Mangum’s resignation as superintendent was effective on May 31, and she was transitioned to a consultant from June 1 through July 15.

School board president Johnny Moss III said not everyone will support the board’s decision, but board members felt like a settlement was the best option.

“Our attorney did a great job in settling this so we can move forward as seamless as possible, and that’s what we wanted,” Moss said. “We didn’t want a messy media storm. We wanted this to be a very professional, seamless transition, and that’s what we got.”

Mangum resigned after she was placed on administrative leave for an alleged breach of her contract for applying for a superintendent position with the Pike Road Schools System without notifying the board.

Mangum had served as superintendent of the Selma City School System since March 23, 2015.

The board is now turning its attention to hiring a new superintendent. Moss said board members had a training session Wednesday night through the Alabama Association of School Boards.

“We went through the process of what [the search] entails, how you go about a search, and we’re having a called board meeting on Tuesday to vote on the direction that we want to pursue,” Moss said.

The board will decide on Tuesday whether they will hire an outside firm to conduct the search, or if they want to conduct the search internally.

“The good thing about it is we’re basically ahead of schedule, so we’re going to put this into motion very, very soon,” Moss said.

A survey will be sent out soon asking the community for feedback to help the board in the decision.

“We’re going to send that out and kind of get feedback about what the community wants in a superintendent, the type of qualities and traits we feel best fits the Selma City School System,” Moss said. “I feel that we’re in a good place with our school system, but we need someone who can just take us to the next level, just an innovative visionary leader.”

Moss said some of the traits the board sees in its next leader are past experience as a superintendent and the ability to connect with the community.

“I would think someone with a strong community focus, a strong communicator with great listening skills as well,” he said. “We really want someone who is strong in curriculum and teaching and coming in with innovative ideas.”

Moss said the board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by the beginning of the school year in August or by early September.