By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
BIRMINGHAM — The new Gardendale Board of Education has five candidates, from which it will select the system's first superintendent.
The candidates were presented by Dr. Kendy Behrends, superintendent search consultant for the Alabama Association of School Boards during the board's regular monthly session on Thursday night at the Gardendale Civic Center.
The candidates are:
• Dr. Michael J. Daria, currently the assistant superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Schools;
• Dr. Charles "Chuck" Ledbetter, superintendent of Dubiln City Schools in Georgia;
• Dr. Patrick Matin, superintendent of the Washington District No. 50 schools in Illinois (with family in Birmingham);
• Mr. Byrin "Tim" Wilder, superintendent of Dotahn City Schools;
• Mr. William "Randy" Wilkes, superintendent of Crenshaw County Schools in Luverene.
The AASB search group received applications from 29 persons, most of whom are currently superintendents or assistants.
The candidates will come to Gardendale over the next two weeks for public interviews, which will be held at the Civic Center. The first interview will be held June 12.
We'll have further updates to this story.