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Akin formally accepts Gulf Shores position


It’s official—Huntsville City Schools’ Dr. Matt Akin has been named the next superintendent of Gulf Shores City Schools.

He will take the reins effective June 1.

Akin was announced among finalists for the Gulf Shores position ahead of a public interview on April 12. He was the school board’s unanimous choice.


Prior to accepting the position, Akin issued the following statement: 

This afternoon, the Gulf Shores Board of Education has notified me about their intention to offer the superintendent’s position. It is an honor to be selected and I look forward to reviewing the terms of the contract. It is an incredibly unique opportunity to be able to work with the board to develop a new school system from the ground up.  Everyone I’ve spoken to has been very supportive.

At the same time, I truly care about everyone in Huntsville, and I came to the district because I believe in the potential of the schools and the city. The foundation is in place to support greatness.  With the help of the teachers, administrators and the community, I believe that Huntsville City Schools can be a model school system for the country. All of us on the Huntsville City Schools team have worked to develop strategies for personalized instruction, new resources to support literacy and math, and drafting our Indicators of Future Success. We have also worked to reduce our spending while providing appropriate resources and developing a long-range plan for competitive pay for our teachers. I will work tirelessly with the board and staff to ensure Huntsville City Schools will have all the elements in place to start the 2018-2019 school year

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