His name began bouncing around among Eufaula residents when they saw he was a finalist for the vacant superintendent’s post at Eufaula City Schools. After all, they were familiar with Joey Brannan – Patrick J. Brannan Jr., to be exact – because he had been a teacher/coach in Eufaula from 1998-2005.
On Monday night, during a special called meeting of the Eufaula City Schools Board of Education, Brannan was chosen by a 3-2 vote to become the next superintendent. He is expected to start as close to Jan. 1 as possible. School returns from Christmas break Jan. 7.
“It feels great to be coming back home to Eufaula. Eufaula City Schools is a great school system,” Brannan said Tuesday. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with each staff member to help our school system reach its full potential. As we move in to the new year, I look forward to being in our school buildings and out in the community and having the opportunity to meet everyone.”
Brannan was chosen over four other finalists selected by a search committee from the Alabama Association of School Boards. Those five finalists for the position vacated when Dr. Elisabeth Davis left recently were each interviewed by the board at publicly held meetings over the period of a week. Davis was in attendance at Monday night’s meeting. Those interviewed included Dr. Greg DeJarnett, Dr. Michael McInnis, Dr. James D. Martin, Brannan and current Eufaula Interim Superintendent Deltonya Warren.
Originally, there were 38 resumes, 30 of which completed the application process. Of those 30, 16 were from outside Alabama, including as far away as Arizona.
Brannan is currently the assistant superintendent of Ozark City Schools. His experience also includes being a principal at Ozark City Schools, school improvement director at Ozark City Schools, and assistant principal at Ozark City Schools.
Brannan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Troy University, a Master’s in Secondary Education/Social Science from Auburn University-Montgomery, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership Add On from Troy University.
Board members Richard Wingate, Caty Richardson and Dr. James Lockwood voted in favor of Brannan’s nomination, while Board President Otis Hill and Louise Conner voted against.
Hill was chosen by the board to head up negotiations with Brannan, which will begin immediately.