Lisa Herring named a finalist for Alabama superintendent post

Lisa Herring, deputy superintendent of academics for the Charleston County School District, is one of three finalists for superintendent of Birmingham City Schools in Birmingham, Ala.

A potential candidate for the next leader of Charleston County schools has been named as a finalist for a superintendent post of an Alabama school district.

Lisa Herring, deputy superintendent of academics for the Charleston County School District, is one of three finalists for superintendent of Birmingham City Schools in Birmingham, Ala.

The Birmingham Board of Education announced the names of its three finalists Thursday. The two other candidates include Birmingham City Schools Interim Superintendent Spencer Horn and Kelly Castlin-Gacutan, a former interim superintendent for the Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga.

Herring was named one of seven semifinalists for the Alabama position last month. She had an initial interview Wednesday with the Birmingham board via Skype. She is scheduled to visit the school district and interview with the board in person on April 28.

“I was both excited and humbled to hear from Birmingham city schools that they had selected me as a finalist for superintendent,” Herring said Friday. “I look forward to the next steps in that process.”

Herring began her career in education as a teacher with the Winchester Thurston School in Pennsylvania in 1994. She joined DeKalb County Schools near Atlanta in 1999 as a middle school counselor, eventually serving as assistant director of student support services there. In 2006, Herring joined the Bibb County School District in Macon as the director of student support services.

She came to Charleston County in 2009 as executive director for student support services, before serving as associate superintendent of academic and instructional support and then chief academic officer. The school board appointed Herring deputy superintendent of academics last year following the resignation of Superintendent Nancy McGinley.

The Charleston County board last month named Herring along with Acting Superintendent Michael Bobby and former Horry County Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait as candidates for the superintendent post. Bobby has since bowed out of consideration.

But the board voted earlier this week to enter into a contract with the South Carolina School Boards Association to conduct a national superintendent search.

Board Vice Chairman Chris Staubes said the board met with Postlewait in a closed-door meeting Wednesday to discuss her candidacy for the position. Staubes called Postlewait the “real deal,” saying she has “excellent credentials” and “experience at all levels in the educational system.”

The board was scheduled to meet with Herring about the Charleston job on Monday, but Herring said she has declined to participate in any preliminary discussions with the board since the scope of its search has changed.

Once the board has identified the next steps in its national search process, Herring said she would “absolutely” entertain applying for the Charleston superintendent position.