Board selects Dr. Corey Jones for position of school superintendent

Dr. Corey Jones

Dr. Corey Jones of Newbern, AL was unanimously selected as superintendent for the Greene County School System at a called meeting of the board, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Dr. Jones will officially assume his duties in Greene County on July 1, 2019, however, he has expressed an interest in setting up a transition initiative with outgoing school superintendent, Dr. James H. Carter, Sr.
The board’s decision followed several days of intense interviews of the finalist candidates. The system’s superintendent search process involved the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) vetting 24 applicants and presenting six finalists to the board for interviews and final selection. Five of the finalists completed the interview process.
Dr. Jones is currently a school administrator with the Perry County School System, where he has been employed since 1994, first as a Biology teacher for nine years, then as a Central Office Administrator in various roles including Assessment/Accountability Coordinator, Special Education Director, Capital Planner, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, At Risk Coordinator, 504 Coordinator and other related duties.
In sharing his educational philosophy with the board, Dr. Jones emphasized school safety as a priority. “It is my educational philosophy that a student must feel safe in order for learning to take place. This can be accomplished by assuring that the district has clear policies and procedures focused on school safety and ensuring that these are implemented and followed with fidelity,” Jones explained.
He stated that another priority for student achievement is engagement of students, teachers, parents and community stakeholders. “Student engagement is essential to learning taking place in all successful school systems, and student engagement starts with good teaching. Attracting highly qualified and dedicated teachers and staff and providing them high quality professional development is essential to the engagement. In addition, parents, community and other stakeholders must be continuously engaged for a school system to be successful,” Jones explained.
Dr. Jones said that he is deeply committed to utilizing the system’s data. “In my initial assessment, I would go deep into the data for the last five years, working with principals and teachers as we analyze where the system is. Students must also have access to their data. This is important for them to have a buy-in in the school’s achievement plan,” he said.
Dr. Jones received his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Biology from Troy University and his Ed.D. in Education, Leadership, Policy and Law from Alabama State University.

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