The Chickasaw City Board of Education selected former Satsuma superintendent Joe Walters to lead the school system in an interim capacity in a special called board meeting Tuesday,
Walters will serve as interim superintendent until the board is able to select a permanent replacement for Kathy Odom, who helmed the young city system from 2015 through 2018. Walters retired from the top post in the Satsuma school system in April.
He has a Master’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership and has spent 11 years as a superintendent, five years as a school principal and has 44 years of overall experience in education.
In a statement issued after the decision was made, members of the board said Walters would bring a wealth of experience and expertise with him to Chickasaw because he understands the issues that small school systems face.
With an interim superintendent in place, the school board says it will be following the same procedures used during its previous search for a superintendent after the system’s founding superintendent, Kyle Kallhoff, left to take a job with Demopolis City Schools in 2015.
The board will begin accepting applications once the position is officially listed as vacant in January.
After a vetting process, applicants will be selected to be interviewed by the board in a series of open, public meetings.
In the statement Tuesday, board member Elizabeth Grizzle said she and the other members would be taking their time finding a suitable, full-time replacement for Chickasaw City Schools.
“The Chickasaw Board of Education has not and will not rush the process,” she said. “We will select a superintendent who is a good fit for Chickasaw. We are encouraged and hopeful.”