Dennis Coe agrees to serve as Elba’s interim during superintendent search

Ferrin Cox

Thursday, Aug 10,2017

The Elba City School Board met in special session Friday, Aug. 4, at 12:30 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting was to select an interim superintendent and to finalize the details to begin the search for a new superintendent.
The current superintendent, Chresal Threadgill, has resigned to accept a position with the Mobile County School System and will be officially leaving on September 15th. However, for much of the remaining days he will be using some accumulated vacation time.
With that thought in mind, the school board agreed to bring an interim superintendent on board earlier. This is to be sure the void is filled and to give Threadgill time to bring the individual up-to-date on what has happened, what is happening, and what is expected to happen in the near future.
Board members heard Chairman Matt Brunson explain the proposal he had received from retired former school superintendent and state school board employee Dr. Dennis Coe.
The board had asked Brunson to contact Coe, who has filled this interim position for Elba in the past, to ask if he would be willing to assist Elba again.
Coe proposed a schedule that would have him on call any time, but in the Elba office about two days a week for approximately two months, or longer if necessary, to get a permanent superintendent named and on board.
The cost to the school board for his services for the two-month time will be $8,000. Coe will officially start on August 15th, but board members report he has already been in contact with the central office staff and assured them he was available when needed.