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Former Decatur school finance director named Hoover superintendent

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Former Decatur City Schools Finance Director Andy Craig became superintendent Thursday of one of Alabama's most affluent school systems.

The Hoover City Board of Education voted 4-0, with one member absent, to make Craig the leader of its 15 schools, which include Hoover and Spain Park high schools.

The school board hired a search firm that collected 32 applications. The firm then presented the board with three semifinalists.

After one interview, the board eliminated one candidate and started planning another round of interviews with Craig and Mark Edwards, a former superintendent and college of education dean who now works for an education testing company.

Edwards withdrew, however, saying he was taking a job in North Carolina. The move prompted the Hoover board to hold the called meeting Thursday to name Craig.

"I'm honored to be selected after such a comprehensive process," Craig told The Daily.

Craig lived in Decatur 15 years. After auditing Decatur City Schools' budget with a private accounting firm, he was the school system's finance director for five years until going to Hoover in 2001 to become assistant superintendent for finance and business.

He became interim superintendent in July after the board fired Connie Williams in June.

Craig and his wife, Ginger, have two children, Graham and Casey.

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