TUPELO – Tupelo Public School District Assistant Superintendent Fred Hill is one of three finalists for the Birmingham, Ala., superintendent job. Hill will interview with the school district on Tuesday.
Hill will meet with members of the community from 5 to 6:30 Tuesday and will then interview with the school board after that. Other finalists are Valya Lee, assistant superintendent in Clayton County, Ga., and Craig Witherspoon, superintendent in Edgecombe County, N.C.
Hill said that his dream is to one day become a superintendent. He submitted his credentials to a general search firm which contacted him around Thanksgiving and asked if he would be interested in applying for the Birmingham job. Hill had an initial interview for the job Saturday and survived when the number of finalists was cut from four to three.
“It was so sudden,” Hill said. “I didn’t go out looking for a job. I had just registered with a search firm when they gave me this opportunity…
“I initially thought it would be a long range process. I didn’t fully expect that I would hear something so soon. Now that I’m here, I’m going to follow through.”
Hill, 35, has been in the TPSD since July, coming to Tupelo with new superintendent Randy Shaver. For the previous two years, he was a principal at Central Middle School in Whiteville, N.C., and was also an intern to the associate superintendent there. Prior to that, he was a teacher and an assistant principal in Guilford County, N.C.
The Birmingham board is expected to make a decision after Thursday’s final interviews.
In the meantime, Hill said is continuing in his normal job duties for the TPSD.
“We will continue to offer the programs we are working to offer to students,” Hill said. “I’m still a Tupelo Public School District employee.”
See Tuesday’s Daily Journal for more information.
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