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Former Gainesville schools superintendent Creel is a finalist for job in Alabama
Wanda Creel
Former Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel

Former Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel is one of five finalists for a new job with a school district in Alabama.

Woody Sanderson of Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, the law firm serving as the search consultant for Albertville City School System in its search for a new superintendent, confirmed Monday that Creel is scheduled to be the last of the finalists to be interviewed when she meets with the school board Aug. 3. She is the only woman in the final five, as well as the only candidate not currently serving a school district in Alabama.

Creel stepped down as superintendent in Gainesville City Schools June 30 after serving for three years. Jeremy Williams became the new superintendent in Gainesville July 1 and spent nine days in May and all of June working in Gainesville.

Creel announced earlier in the 2016-17 school year that she would step down when her contract ended June 30. Last month she told The Times she did not have definite plans for what she would do after leaving Gainesville City Schools.

Albertville is a town of a little more than 21,000 people about 60 miles southeast of Huntsville. The school system has more than 5,000 students, according to information on the district’s website.

Sanderson said the board is seeking to replace Frederic Ayer, who is retiring at the end of December. The finalists were chosen from a pool of 16 applicants.

“They will fill the position probably whenever they finish the interviews and decide,” Sanderson said of the board’s process. “There is no urgency with them because the superintendent is there until the end of the year.”

In addition to Creel, the other candidates are: Boyd English, superintendent of Crenshaw County Schools in Luverne, Ala.; Christopher Davis, an administrator with Jackson County Schools in Scottsboro, Ala.; Ronnie Crabtree, an administrator with the Fort Payne City Schools in Fort Payne, Ala.; and John Slivka, an assistant superintendent with the Albertville City School System who has worked in the district for 32 years.

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