Montgomery Public Schools releases names of 5 superintendent finalists

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the finalized interview dates

The Alabama Association of School Boards presented their short list of MPS superintendent candidates at a special Montgomery County Board of Education Meeting Tuesday evening.

Of the five finalists, three are currently serving as superintendents. One is working in Alabama.

Dr. James Wright, from the Alabama Association of School Boards, presented the five finalists to the board:

  • Dr. Avis Williams, superintendent at Selma City Schools in Alabama

  • Dr. Melvin Brown, superintendent at Reynoldsburg City Schools in Ohio

  • Dr. Anthony Lewis, superintendent at Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas

  • Dr. Marla Sheppard, deputy chief of academics at KIPP Public Schools, a charter school network in Texas

  • Dr. Donald Warren, deputy superintendent at Griffin-Spalding County Schools in Georgia

The next public meeting of the superintendent search will feature finalist interviews at George Washington Carver Senior High School, said Claire Weil, president of the School . The open interviews are expected to be at 6 p.m. on March 28, March 31, April 4, April 5 and April 7. She said she hopes the public will attend the meetings.

"I really hope that, if somebody commits to coming, they will come to all five of them," she said. "So that they see what is out there."

Jemma Stephenson is the children and education reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. She can be reached at or 334-261-1569.

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