Mr. Robby Parker will be the next superintendent of Madison City Schools.
The Madison City Board of Education selected Mr. Parker at its Jan. 26 Board meeting.
He was unanimously chosen in a pool of four finalists brought in for school tours, meet-and-greets and formal interviews.
Board member David Hergenroeder congratulating Robby Parker
Mr. Parker is a 28-year veteran of Madison schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and currently assistant superintendent.
He has been with the school system since its inception in 1998, seeing it through explosive enrollment and rising accolades as a top performing school district. He was principal at Bob Jones High School for 10 years, principal at Discovery Middle, and has been assistant superintendent for the past year and a half.
Board members said the quality of applicants made the decision difficult as each had strong qualifications and good insights and ideas.
All agreed Mr. Parker demonstrated the best in experience, familiarity with the district, innovative spirit, community ties, leadership, collaborative mindset, regard for teachers and compassion for kids. “He is the best one to take us to the next level,” said board member Tim Holtcamp.
Board member Ranae Bartlett said Mr. Parker has always demonstrated an ability to take a goal that is clearly defined and make that goal happen. She also said he is a humble servant skilled at spotting and cultivating strong leaders. Board member Connie Spears and Board Chair Dr. Terri Johnson said Mr. Parker earned his elevation to schools superintendent from his longtime involvement, dedication and successes with Madison City Schools.
Mr. Parker will assume the superintendent role Feb. 1. The Board next has to approve a contract setting the salary, terms, expectations and other aspects.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols will be retained through part of February during the transition in an advisory role.
The superintendent position became open with the resignation in November of Dr. Dee Fowler, who is now assistant superintendent for the Alabama Department of Education.
The vacancy was advertised nationwide and applications accepted until Dec. 19.
Mr. Parker nbecomes the third superintendent for Madison City Schools since it separated from Madison County Schools. Henry Clark was first, followed by Dr. Fowler who held the post 10 years.