Five finalists named in hunt for Birmingham Schools Superintendent

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Five finalists have been named in the search for a superintendent for Birmingham City Schools. The first round of interviews begins Friday. The board hopes to narrow the field even more by the first of next week.

This list of names comes after a consulting firm narrowed down the dozens of applicants to a final five. Four are from out of state, one is a familiar face to many Birmingham Schools employees. Those five are: Kathy Augustine, she is currently the Deputy Superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools; Frederick Hill, he is the Assistant Superintendent of Tupelo Public Schools; Deborah Horn, a professor at Miles College who once worked in Birmingham City Schools before becoming superintendent in Bessemer and later fired from that job in a split vote of the board; Valya Lee, assistant superintendent of Clayton County Schools in Jonesboro, Georgia; and finally Craig Witherspoon, the Superintendent in Edgecome County North Carolina.

The interviews for these five candidates will begin this evening and will continue through the weekend.

The school board will narrow the candidates down to three and then begin a second round of interviews beginning December 15th.