Tupelo Assistant Superintendent Fred Hill is one of three finalists for the Birmingham, Ala. Superintendent job.
Hill joins Valya Lee, assistant superintendent in Clayton County, Ga., and Craig Witherspoon, superintendent in Edgecombe County, N.C., as finalists, according to a story in the Birmingham News newspaper.
The Birmingham Board of Education will hold a second round of interviews with each of the three candidates from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. According to the Birmingham News, it has not been determined which candidate will be interviewed on which day.
According to a report by CBS 42 TV, the board hopes to make a decision by Thursday.
Hill is in his first year as an assistant superintendent in the TPSD after coming to the district from Whiteville, N.C., with new superintendent Randy Shaver. Hill was a principal in Whiteville last year. His emphasis in the TPSD is secondary schools. He has been working extensively to standardize the district's curriculum at that level. He's also a key part of helping the district implement its new one-to-one computer iniative after working with Shaver to implement a similar initiative in Whiteville.
During Hill's first interview in Birmingham, he mentioned his ability to turn the system around, citing his work in Whiteville, according to another story in the Birmingham News. There, he helped turn around a failing school in two years using technology and differentiated instruction. According to that story, Hill stressed the importance of 21st century technology, communication and collaboration.
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