Gadsden School Superintendent Controversy

Jun 8, 2017

Gadsden City High School, Gadsden, Ala.

The Gadsden school board has voted to search for a new superintendent rather than extend the contract of their existing leader. But the decision was deeply contested, and is drawing sharp dissent from board members.

The Gadsden Times reports the city Board of Education voted 4-3 earlier this week to begin a nationwide search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Ed Miller will leave once his contract expires in August.

The three dissenting board members say the vote on what to do about the superintendent hadn’t been on the agenda and violated board procedure. They also say the four members who voted in favor of the search discussed the subject among themselves prior to the meeting, which Board Chairman Lynn Taylor denies.

Community members had voiced support for Superintendent Miller ahead of the vote, and Alabama Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter says the Gadsden school system has had an excellent reputation in the state with Miller at the helm.