Starkville assistant takes Alabama superintendent job

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — An assistant passed over for the top job in Starkville’s school system will be the next superintendent of schools in Fairfield, Ala.

The Starkville Daily News reports that the Fairfield City Schools board voted unanimously Friday to approve Walter Gonsoulin as superintendent.

Gonsoulin says he expects to start in early June and is already working on a 90-day plan for the district.

He says he applied in February to lead Fairfield, which has about 1,800 students in three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.

On Feb. 9, the Starkville School District board voted to name Lewis Holloway its next superintendent.

Gonsoulin said the Fairfield board and he are discussing a deal near $164,000 including base pay, insurance and a housing allowance.