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Dr. James Wright of the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) presented recommendations of five candidates for superintendent of Eufaula City Schools at a special called board meeting Thursday evening.

The position was vacated recently when Dr. Elisabeth Davis left to take a position with the State Department of Education. The position has been filled on an interim basis by Deltonya Warren, who was also one selected as one of the five finalists.

The AASB reported to the school board that it received 38 resumes, 30 of which completed the process. The spokesperson also noted that 16 applicants were from as far away as Arizona, New Mexico, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi, as well as 14 from Alabama.

The five candidates include:

* Patrick J. Brannan Jr., of Ozark.

He 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, assistant principal at Ozark City Schools, and a teacher with Eufaula City Schools from 1998-2005.

Brannan received his Master’s from Troy University in Educational Leadership, a Master’s from Auburn University-Montgomery in Secondary Education/Social Science, and a Bachelor’s from Troy University in Political Science.

* Dr. Greg B. DeJarnett, of Clanton.

He is currently the education administrator/supervisor for the State Department of Education, has worked as an education specialist with the State Department of Education, was a high school principal with Chilton County Schools, director of transportation with Chilton County Schools, assistant principal with Chilton County Schools, and a teacher/coach with Chilton County Schools.

DeJarnett received his Doctorate from Alabama State University in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law, a Master’s from Alabama State University in Health, Physical education/Education Leadership, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo in Health/Physical Education.

* Dr. James D. Martin, of Smiths Station.

He is currently the superintendent of Harris County Schools in Georgia, is a former superintendent of Chattahoochee County (Georgia) Schools, has been a high school principal at Chattahoochee County Schools, an instructor at Troy University, a middle school principal at Coosa County Schools and Thomasville Schools, a band director at Fort Benning Dependent Schools in Georgia, and a band director at Lee County Schools.

Martin received his Doctorate from Auburn University in Educational Leadership, a Master’s from Troy University in Educational Administration, and a Bachelor’s from Auburn University in Music Education.

* Dr. Charles M. McInnis, of Water Valley, Mississippi.

He is currently the superintendent of the Water Valley School District, has been the assistant superintendent at Grenada (Mississippi) Schools, superintendent at Union (Mississippi) Public Schools, an adjunct professor at William Carey University, director of special services at Amite County (Mississippi) Schools, director of admissions Copiah Lincoln Community College, director of group homes at Boswell Regional Center in Mississippi, assistant principal at Covington County (Mississippi) Schools, and special education teacher at West Jasper (Mississippi) Schools.

McInnis received his Doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in Educational Leadership, his Master’s from Southern Mississippi in Special Education, and a Bachelor’s from Mississippi College in Special Education/Psychology.

Deltonya R. Warren, of Eufaula.

She is currently the interim superintendent at Eufaula City Schools as well as the director of federal programs/early childhood instruction. She has been the director of curriculum at Eufaula City Schools, instructional coordinator at Eufaula City Schools, a special services teacher at State Department of Education, an elementary teacher in EufaulaCity Schools, and has been a dropout prevention coordinator at Eufaula City Schools.

Warren received her Master’s from Troy University in Educational Leadership, a Master’s from Troy University in Elementary Education, and a Bachelor’s from Alabama State University in Office Administration/Public Relations.

The interviewing of each candidate will be open to the public and will begin Tuesday, Nov. 13. Interviews will be held beginning at 5 p.m. in the board room at the Central Office on State Docks Road. The schedule is as follows:

* Nov. 13 -- Dr. Greg DeJarnett

* Nov. 14 -- Dr. Michael McInnis

* Nov. 15 -- Dr. James D. Martin

* Nov .19 -- Joey Brannan

* Nov .20 -- Deltonya Warren

The regular board meeting, scheduled for Nov. 13, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the boardmeeting room.

In other board action:

* The Early Education Center and Eufaula Primary have had the cafeteria flooring plans approved. The floors will be purchased from Sourcewell/NJPA. Eufaula Primary School will be $27,279.05 and Eufaula Elementary will be $33,522.58. The school district will save an estimated $29,198.37 from its original budget estimates. The hope is to begin installation during the Thanksgiving break. If it is not completed at that time, another will be scheduled during the Christmas break.

* Security camera upgrades at Eufaula High School will cost $88,646, an estimated savings of $100,000 from the original estimate. The board will be asked to approve the quote at its next meeting.

* The Alabama State Department of Education requires that the school district has a credit recovery plan. In order to meet the needs of this plan, ECS has been using Edgenuity software since 2016. The cost of this software enables ECS to have access to more than 200 courses, unlimited seats for students, and professional development for teachers. The addition of Edgenuity MyPath gives struggling students additional supports in reading and math foundational skills. This component aligns with Scantron Performance Series to give students an individualized learning path. The cost of this addition has been covered with an ALSDE At-Risk Grant.

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