Alabama’s DOE leader moves to Jefferson Co. superintendent

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The chief of staff at Alabama’s Department of Education, Craig Pouncey, is leaving to become superintendent of the Jefferson County school system.

The Jefferson County school board voted 4-1 Tuesday to hire Pouncey. His new job starts July 1.

Pouncey has been with the Department of Education for more than a decade. His duties include handling legislative and financial matters for public schools. He served as Crenshaw County school superintendent prior to moving to the state department.

Jefferson County school board members said details of his contract still must be worked out, and they will vote on it at their next meeting. Pouncey makes $168,000 annually in his current position.

Board President Jennifer Parsons said Pouncey brings financial experience at the local and state level to his new job with one of Alabama’s largest school systems. Board Vice President Jacqueline Smith cast the only nay vote and said she objected to hiring a superintendent without holding open interviews.

State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice said he and Pouncey have been colleagues for many years. “He is a champion for fiscal accountability of schools and school systems,” Bice said.

Pouncey will replace former Superintendent Stephen Nowlin. The school board voted last month to buy out Nowlin’s contract after 16 months on the job. The board cited philosophical differences. The board’s agreement with Nowlin calls for him to serve as an administrative consultant for 14 months and to continue to receive his monthly salary of $18,308. At the end of that period, the school board will buy out the remaining year of his contract for $219,691.

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