The first priority is the director of secondary education with the pending retirement of Carolyn Ellinger.
The school system received eight applicants for the secondary director's position. Balch said he interviewed the candidates earlier this week, and outgoing Superintendent Don Murphy will make a recommendation on his behalf at the school board's Dec. 14 meeting.
The applicants are:
Mary Marquart, school improvement specialist, Morgan County central office.
Robbie Smith, counselor, Danville High School.
Mary Speegle, math teacher, Priceville High School.
Mary Beth Henry, teacher, Priceville High School.
Lee Willis, assistant principal, Brewer High School.
Vicki Smith, math specialist, Huntsville City Schools.
Layne Dillard, principal, Morgan County Learning Center.
Kim Mooney, teacher, Falkville High School.