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Current, future Madison Co. superintendents meet post-election

Incoming Superintendent Matt Massey sat in on Tuesday's meeting with outgoing super, Dr. David Copeland. (Source: WAFF) Incoming Superintendent Matt Massey sat in on Tuesday's meeting with outgoing super, Dr. David Copeland. (Source: WAFF)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Madison County School leaders have started a transition between superintendents, in which school board members and incoming superintendent Matt Massey acknowledged was potentially strained and, in some respects unprecedented.

Massey won the Republican primary runoff for the Superintendent's job last week, effectively making him the choice, six months before superintendent David Copeland was scheduled to leave office on January 1. 

“We’re just kind of in a lame duck situation,” acknowledged Madison County School Board member Mary Louise Stowe.

Copeland helped preside over the school board’s meeting Tuesday night, while Massey sat with the public, his presence acknowledged with thanks from School Board President Jeff Anderson, who declared himself unfazed by the prospect of a lengthy transition.

“It’s not uncommon,” Anderson said.

“Never before has there been such a transitionary period,” said board member David Vess. “With Terry Davis, when Ray Swaim was superintendent… he had to resign because of health, and so Terry was just moved into the slot then. And of course Terry retired and Dr. Copeland, we did an interim till Dr. Copeland took office.”

The mechanics of the transition were to be largely Copeland’s responsibility, board members said.

Copeland declined to discuss any plans except to say that his energies were devoted to the upcoming start of the school year.

Massey anticipated spending the first half of the school year in his current job as a math teacher at Buckhorn High School. His other position, lead math teacher for the school system, has expired, Massey said.

“I’ve kind of volunteered to float around and so I’m very comfortable," Massey said. "I’m very mobile; I’ve worked in all the schools already, so I’m used to floating around the county helping out with teachers and administrators. I’ll be fine.”

Board members said they expected to consult with Massey on upcoming decisions and he said he hoped they would.

Massey said he planned to attend the school board’s retreat coming up on Thursday.

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