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Birmingham BOE selects 2 superintendent finalists

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham Board of Education voted Friday on two candidates for the superintendent position.

Dr. Lisa Herring and Dr. Regina Thompson are the two selected finalists.

The meeting at the central office was open to the public.

Board members interviewed three candidates today for superintendent. Originally, there were five candidates. However, Dr. Timothy Gadson III from Minneapolis stepped down from consideration on Sunday, April 16.

Dr. Ronnie Dotson from Grayson, Ky. stepped down hours before his interview Wednesday.

Both cited the community climate connected to the selection of the next superintendent as reasons for removing their names from consideration.

Dr. Dotson also cited a bomb threat called into the Central office during one candidate's interview Wednesday as another reason he decided not to continue with the process. 

"He felt that due to the climate, that he could no longer continue,'' Board Member April Williams said of Dr. Dotson. "He apologized profusely. He even offered just to go through the interview if it would save face for Birmingham.''
 
The building was evacuated and searched. No bomb was found. Employees soon returned to the building. Williams said it was very concerning when a small fraction of the community can have such a negative impact on the quality of education in Birmingham.

The three candidates left are:

  • Dr. Garrett Brundage, chief officer of Safe Schools/student affairs/assistant superintendent of administrative services for Rockdale County Public Schools in Conyers, Ga. 
  • Dr. Lisa Herring, chief academic officer for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky. 
  • Dr. Regina Thompson, chief of teaching and learning for Richland County School District One in Blythewood, S.C. 

To see recordings of the interviews, visit: https://livestream.com/bcs/events/7290958.

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