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September 16, 2014

Roundabout route to a good decision

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Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:37 pm

The Talladega City Board of Education took a roundabout route to choosing its new superintendent, but in the end, the decision was a solid one.

Earlier this month, the board chose Dr. Donna King to lead the system from a field of three well qualified candidates. The board had earlier ditched the results of a national search in favor of a local search for its new leader.

King began her career teaching government and economics in Tuscaloosa for advanced high school students, and after completing her doctorate at the University of Alabama, she helped start an alternative school in Tuscaloosa. After getting married and moving to Talladega, she worked in human resources and other roles in private industry before returning to education.

In the Talladega County Schools, she spent nine years at the Genesis alternative school before moving to the central office as instructional services administrator, where she has worked for the past seven years.

Her husband, Circuit Judge Julian King, and their two sons attended Talladega City Schools.

King has extensive training and experience in educational leadership, and she has been in our community for decades. She will be able to go directly to work addressing the needs of Talladega’s schools without the distraction of finding her way around a new community.

The school system has pressing needs, including hiring a chief financial officer and a principal and two counselors for Talladega High School. There’s a long-range plan to improve campuses and consolidate elementary schools, and of course student achievement is always the first priority.

We believe King is up to the task. We support her in her new position and wish her every success.

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