New Daleville superintendent named

BY Jan Murray

New Daleville superintendent named
The search for a new superintendent for Daleville City Schools is over. School board members voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon, June 8, to hire Interim Superintendent Dr. Diane Flournoy as the system’s new leader.Flournoy has worked within the city’s school system for more than 33 years as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent. She was named interim superintendent Feb. 17 after long-time Superintendent Andrew Kelley resigned Feb. 2.The pay scale for Flournoy has not been determined, but contract negotiations will be taking place during the coming days to determine terms including pay and benefits.The advertisement for the position indicated the salary for a new hire would be in the range of $100,000 to $110,000 annually, negotiable, depending on education and experience.The position, as posted by the board, requires a minimal education at the master’s degree level; Alabama superintendent certification; three years of successful educational experience as a principal, assistant superintendent during the five years prior to selection; and five years of public school experience “preferably at the elementary and secondary levels combined.” According to Flournoy’s resume’, she meets and exceeds all of the posted requirements.Andrew Kelley was paid $134,640 annually, according to the Alabama Department of Education website.Flournoy will finish out the month of June as the interim superintendent and begin her new position July 1.“My first order of business will be to connect with the members of the community, business and civic leaders, opening a line of communication and making sure we are having authentic dialogue,” Flournoy said. “Our number one goal is to continue to grow our system’s mission statement—“Commitment to Excellence”—. We are researching the possibilities of additional educational opportunities and experiences of interest as per requested by the students. On our first venture, we are almost there. We hope to have all the specifics worked out within the next few weeks on our partnering with the Carroll High School Career Center in Ozark. “I am focused, passionate and centered on student achievement. I am committed to what I do. It is important to me that our students know that we are committed to the process of their learning, but it is most important to me that they feel our commitment to their learning process.”
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