The Gulf Shores City School Board unanimously voted to offer the superintendent job on Monday.
Current Huntsville Superintendent Matt Akin was interviewed last Thursday and less than a week later the Board decided to offer him the position. Dr. Akin was the only candidate, out of the 27 that applied for the position, who was interviewed.
School Board President Kevin Corcoran says the board’s legal team will now move forward with a formal offer. “I was surprised to see that we all agreed on one candidate, as a clear number one. That spoke volumes. Dr. Matt Akin is very impressive. To be accomplished and approachable at the same time is a rare commodity. We feel like he is really cooperative. We feel he is someone who is going to collaborate with teachers and if we can negotiate a successful contract we’d be thrilled.”
Akin spent almost two hours in a public forum answering questions and explaining why he would be the perfect fit for the job. He has been Huntsville’s superintendent for a year and a half. Before that, he spent 13 years heading up the Piedmont City School System and seems more comfortable or challenged by a smaller system.
Meanwhile, negotiations on an official start date for the county’s newest school system could move forward later this week. Acting State School Superintendent Ed Richardson is supposed to renew discussions this week. A decision on whether the system will begin this Fall or in 2019 could come by the end of the week.