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Gulf Shores school board interviews top pick for superintendent

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Dr. Matt Akin at the Gulf Shores School Board meeting on Thursday, April 12th. Photo: FOX10 News. Dr. Matt Akin at the Gulf Shores School Board meeting on Thursday, April 12th. Photo: FOX10 News.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

The one finalist for Gulf Shores City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matt Akin, gave his first public interview Thursday night at the school board meeting.

This comes while the state superintendent is still trying to decide when the new school system will actually start classes.

FOX10 News asked Dr. Akin about that controversy. He told us he thinks its very doable to start this August and doesn't see a reason why the state superintendent hasn't made a decision yet. 

Dr. Akin traveled from the other side of the state to get in the hot seat. He's the current superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, and was a former superintendent for Piedmont City Schools. Board members asked him a lot of questions about that experience; it took about two hours.

We talked to Dr. Akin after that lengthy interview about what drew him to Gulf Shores. 

"It's a unique opportunity for a start up school system and knowing the commitment from the school board and from the city, that's really what's attractive and I think you saw that some of the questions were about innovation and technology, that's something I've been doing my whole career," said Dr. Akin.

It was a packed house of parents, teachers, and community members, who seemed to walk away happy with Dr. Akin's answers. 

"The last question that they asked was the first question on my mind which is why would he want to leave Huntsville. But I've lived in big big cities and now I live in Gulf Shores and we have a great thing here and it's a great community and after you are a part of that I think that wouldn't even be a question...I can't blame him for wanting to live here," said parent, Tara McMeans. 

Dr. Akin is one of 27 applicants vying to lead the newly formed Gulf Shores School System, ten of them are current superintendents from across the nation. We're told there are four or five stand-out candidates, but Dr. Akin was every board member's top pick.

As we mentioned, the board is doing all this without a start date. Gulf Shores hasn't officially split from Baldwin County. State Superintendent Ed Richardson has stepped in, but hasn't made a final call yet.

The Gulf Shores School Board President, Kevin Corcoran, tells FOX10 board members will probably decide whether to offer the job to their top pick sometime next week. 

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