Meet the Five Candidates for Baldwin School Superintendent

The Baldwin County Board of Education has named the five finalists for the district’s vacant Superintendent position.

As we reported in May, Superintendent Robbie Owen handed in his resignation on the last day of school to return to his position as Principal at Rockwell Elementary. Owen had only been on the job since August. He was named interim superintendent after Dr. Alan Lee suddenly resigned.

The next Superintendent will face as a troubling crisis in Baldwin County.  Overpopulation of schools, due to Baldwin County’s status as one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, has plagued the area for several years, and it only seems to be getting worse. Portable classrooms have become prevalent on many school grounds recently.

A highly-controversial vote to up taxes failed miserably earlier this year, putting district leaders in a precarious situation. Resources to build additional schools to accommodate the influx of families and students to Baldwin County seemingly are non-existent.

With a monumental challenge ahead of them, the Board of Education believes one of these five candidates could fill their vacant Superintendent position (not listed in any particular order:

LARRY2– Dr. Larry DiChiara
Chief Administrative Officer, Former Acting Superintendent, Selma City Schools and President, SOY Education Associates, Inc. 

Selected as the 2011-2012 Alabama Superintendent of the Year. Competed for the National Superintendent of the Year Award at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Education Conference in Houston, Texas, February 2012. Presented with resolutions from both the Alabama House of Representatives and Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, and recorded in the U.S. Congressional Record of the 112th Congress. — DiChiara’s Resume

REG3– Dr. Reginald Eggleston
Assistant Superintendent, Mobile County Public Schools 

Administrative Assistant to Superintendent over Student Services/Special Education/Gifted Education for Butler County Schools in Alabama, 2005-2007
Principal for Montgomery County Schools in Alabama, 2002-2005
Assistant Principal for Montgomery County Schools, 2000-2002
Principal for Bessemer City Schools in Alabama, 1999-2000

GREEN6– Dr. John Green
Former Superintendent, Jackson County Schools, Georgia and independent education consultant 

Accomplished educator, completed Georgia Superintendent Professional Development Program, passionate student of leadership and organizational management. Finalist for 2011 Broad Superintendents Academy. Former Principal at Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama. — Green’s Resume

STEVENS– Dr. James W. “Kip” Stevens
Head of School, Crisp Academy, Cordele, Georgia 

[Crisp Academy] is looking for students who will be able to succeed in our academic program and who are willing to be involved in the school’s activities. Likewise, parents must be prepared and enthusiastic in supporting their child and the school in academic, athletic, and social activities. — From Headmaster Stevens, Crisp Academy Website

TYLER– Mr. Carl E. “Eddie” Tyler
Superintendent, Eufaula City Schools 

Mr. Tyler started his career in education 39 years ago in Monroeville, Alabama, where he spent his first seven years in education. In fall 1983, he began teaching in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, for four years. In 1987, he began teaching in the Baldwin County School System and remained with Baldwin County for 25 years until he moved to Eufaula.

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