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Dan BrigmanGets most votes from interview committee in first round


Macon County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dan Brigman, received notification last week that he has progressed to the second round of interviews for the position of superintendent of the Huntsville City School District of Huntsville, Ala.

Brigman, who traveled to Huntsville on May 6 for his first interview for the position, is now one of three applicants being considered for the to lead the school district which serves 23,000 students. Since 2006, Brigman has served as the superintendent of Macon County Schools, a district of approximately 4,500 students and 706 employees.

The two other finalists vying for the job of “Rocket City” Super, are Brett Sprinston, superintendent of the Brownsville Independent School District of Brownsville, Tex., and Casey Wardynski, chief financial officer of the Aurora (Colo.) school system. The three candidates were narrowed down from a field of seven, and next week, each will return to Huntsville for a second round of interviews.

According to a review of secret ballots by The Huntsville Times, after the first round of interviews, Brigman garnered the most votes from members of the Huntsville City School Board. All five board members named Brigman as among their top three choices to replace interim superintendent, Dr. Ann Roy Moore. Springston and Wardynski, by contrast, received three votes each.

With 14 years experience in education, Brigman served as the superintendent of the Coffee County School Distict in Manchester, Tenn., for two years before coming to Macon County. Prior to that he was curriculum director for the public school system of Rowan County, N.C.

Springston has lead the large school system of Brownsville on the Texas- Mexico border since 2009 and before that served as assistant superintendent for the district.

Wardynksi, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, has held the position of chief financial officer for only 10 months. In November, he graduated from a 10-month executive training program at the Broad Superintendents Academy in California.

According to Brigman, he’ll return to Huntsville for a second interview during the week of May 23rd. “I had a very good experience,” he said of his first interview with the Huntsville school board. “I enjoyed my time down there with the board and various stakeholders.”

“I wish him all the best, but I'm not looking forward to searching for his replacement,” said Macon County School Board Chairman Tommy Cabe when asked to comment on Brigman's possible move to Huntsville. He added however, that he was on the board when Brigman was hired to lead Macon County, “so I've got some experience with it.”


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