Alabama education board chooses next state superintendent

Superintendent Association of Alabama Executive Director Eric Mackey is Alabama's new superintendent of education.

Posted: Apr 20, 2018 3:20 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Superintendent Association of Alabama Executive Director Eric Mackey is Alabama's new superintendent of education.

Members of the Alabama State Board of Education on Friday chose Mackey after three hours of interviews with three finalists in Montgomery.

Mackey beat out Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy and Jefferson County Superintendent Craig Pouncey. A fourth finalist, former Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott, dropped out of the running Friday.

There were five votes for Mackey and four for Pouncey.

Board member Ella Bell raised a legal concern that Pouncey has an ongoing lawsuit against member Mary Scott Hunter. Hunter voted against Pouncey.

The board sought a replacement for former Superintendent Michael Sentance who resigned in September when he received a poor performance evaluation after one year.

Mackey will start May 14.

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