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Huntsville City Schools Superintendent finalist for Gulf Shores job

Gulf Shores City Schools Board of Education sent out a release Wednesday affirming that Dr. Akin is a “top candidate” for the position.

Posted: Apr. 11, 2018 11:35 PM
Updated: Apr. 12, 2018 9:25 AM

The superintendent for one of the largest school district in the state may be on his way out.

Huntsville city Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Akin is a finalist for the Gulf Shores superintendent position.  Akin has been with Huntsville City Schools since March 2017.

Gulf Shores City Schools Board of Education sent out a release Wednesday affirming that Dr. Akin is a “top candidate” for the position.

“I don’t think this is a case where he was job hunting. I think this is a case where there was a unique opportunity that popped up and that’s just something that he’s going to pursue,” said Keith Ward, Huntsville City Schools spokesman. “It’s just a kind of sit and wait and see what happens.”

According to the release sent by the Gulf Shores Board of Education, Akin was one of 27 applicants in the running for the position. The board also expressed that “he emerged as a top candidate who is a highly experienced superintendent with the long list of accomplishments,” including 13 years as Superintendent at Piedmont City Schools and a year with Huntsville City Schools.

The Gulf Shores City School District is a newly created school system, which is branching off from Baldwin County schools, so if hired Akin will help kick start the district.

Dr Akin’s public interview is schedule for Thursday, April 12.

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