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Limestone schools may hire from within

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — Four of the top six candidates for Limestone County assistant superintendent already work in the school system.

Limestone offers its employees an aspiring administrators academy to encourage advancement from within the system, and two principals and two directors from the system have made the first cut out of 23 applicants.

Superintendent Barry Carroll released the top candidates' names Thursday.

The assistant superintendent oversees personnel issues and student disciplinary matters.

The top six candidates in alphabetical order are:

  • Sandra Davis, Limestone County's director of secondary education

  • Jeremy Jones, assistant professor and assistant director of clinical experiences, Athens State University

  • Jack Mullins, Limestone County's director of special education

  • Billy Owens, principal, Tanner High School in Limestone County

  • Mike Owens, principal, Ardmore High School in Limestone County

  • Beth Weinbaum, principal, Cedar Ridge Middle School in Decatur

    A screening committee appointed by Carroll and comprised of employees and central office staff narrowed the applicants to the top six.

    An interview committee will narrow the top six to two candidates, most likely, Carroll said.

    Carroll said he will interview the finalists, and he expects to make a recommendation to the Board of Education at its Dec. 3 meeting.

    Current Assistant Superintendent Richard Leath is retiring in December.

    Leath came to Limestone County from Alaska in August 1997.

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