Daleville school board’s pick for superintendent, Lisa Stamps, signed a two-year contract agreeing to a $106,600 yearly salary recently.
Stamps will preside over roughly 134 school system employees and 1,050 children (2018-2019 average daily membership, according to Alabama State Department of Education) in two schools: Daleville High School and Windham Elementary.
Daleville High School earned a 72 C on its state report card and Windham dropped to a 59 F on its last report card, averaging a D letter grade for the district, based on data from the 2017-2018 school year.
It is the school board’s hope that Stamps, with 25 years of public education experience, will help improve standards for the system.
During the hiring process, board members reportedly spent 13 hours reviewing 15 applications from qualified individuals, before narrowing the list down to five. The board interviewed Stamps and three other candidates: New Brockton Elementary School Principal Dr. Jason Hadden; D.A. Smith Middle School Principal Dr. Danelle Peterman; and Daleville High Principal Josh Robertson. Dr. Larry Collier cancelled his interview.
The school board voted 3-2 to hire Stamps during its June 10 meeting. Vice chairman Barbara Davis and board members Debra Latremore and Angelia Filmore voted for the appointment, while Chairman Steve Kirkland and Ricky McLin voted against the motion.
Since July 2018, Stamps has served as principal of Elvin Hill Elementary School. Previously, she has served as principal of Sulligent High School and principal of Gordo Elementary School. She has also served as a temporary assistant professor at the University of Alabama for two summers, the director for academic affairs for the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, a graduate research assistant, a teacher and gifted specialist for kindergarten to eighth-grade students, and an educational consultant.
The school board’s recent appointment comes after months of controversy surrounding the position.
In April, the school board decided in a 4 to 1 vote not to offer Superintendent Dianne Flournoy a renewal after she stated she would like to continue to serve in her current capacity. Even after probing by school board vice chair Barbara Davis, concerned Daleville citizens, and press, the four board members in favor would not offer an explanation.
Flournoy has spent 36 years with the Daleville City School system in various capacities. She previously served as assistant superintendent to Andrew Kelley, who left the position in February 2016 after 27 years in the system and eight years as superintendent. Kelley was arrested a couple months later on charges of Third Degree Domestic Violence/Harassment while serving as a consultant to the school board and still receiving a salary of $134,640 plus benefits.
Flournoy stepped into the role of interim superintendent until June of that year, then was appointed superintendent and signed a one-year renewable contract with the board. She renewed in 2017, and was receiving $117,875 salary during the 2018-2019 school year.
Stamps’ contract will provide her with a lesser salary – at roughly $101.50 per student – than her predecessors and the statewide average of $140,037.
Her contract stipulated that she not receive a raise with the mandatory teacher compensation increase in October, that she receive a total of 17 sick and vacation days, and receive the same fringe benefits as other central office staff.
It is also written that Stamps should reside in Dale County for the length of her contract.
Under advisement from board attorney James Tarbox, the board decided to bring on Stamps as a consultant for a week to familiarize with the area, schools, and personnel. Another contract was approved for the week of June 24 for the lump sum of $2,221.
During its June 19 specially called meeting, the board also approved a short-notice resignation from the system’s Chief Financial Officer, Lynne McWilliams, to be effective July 31.
McWilliams’ contract does not expire until 2020. The approval of the vacancy leaves the board scrambling to fill the only other position that is the responsibility of the board.
McWilliams declined to comment on the reason for her early retirement.
The board agreed to advertise the position with a salary range of $55,000 to $75,000, which must be posted for at least two weeks. The board set July 22 as its target to select and hire a replacement.