Lisa Herring passed over as Birmingham, Ala. superintendent

Lisa Herring, deputy superintendent of academics for the Charleston County School District, was a finalist for superintendent of Birmingham City Schools in Birmingham, Ala.

The Birmingham Board of Education has selected a Georgia school administrator as the Alabama school district’s next top educator after considering Charleston County’s Deputy Superintendent of Academics Lisa Herring.

The Birmingham school board unanimously voted Tuesday to appoint Kelley Castlin-Gacutan of Macon, Ga., to be the new superintendent of the school system, according to the Birmingham City Schools Facebook page.

Herring, along with Castlin-Gacutan, deputy superintendent of operations at Bibb County Schools in Georgia, and Birmingham City Schools Interim Superintendent Spencer Horn, were named last month as finalists for the post. Herring interviewed for the position on April 28.

The Charleston County School Board named Herring as a candidate for the superintendent position here in March along with Acting Superintendent Michael Bobby and former Horry County Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. But the school board last month voted to launch a national search after Bobby withdrew his name from consideration.

The South Carolina School Boards Association is conducting Charleston County’s superintendent search, which closes to applicants on Friday.

Herring said in an email Wednesday that being considered for the Birmingham job as a “true finalist out of a large pool of applicants has been an absolute honor.” The deputy superintendent called the Birmingham board’s search “transparent and professional,” adding that “I respect their decision and celebrate the selection of their new superintendent.”

Herring did not answer a question regarding her candidacy as Charleston’s superintendent.