Nowlin to lead Jefferson County system

October 12, 2012 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The superintendent for Lee County, Stephen Nowlin, has been named the new superintendent in Jefferson County.

Nowlin, 64, has been the superintendent of Lee County since 2008, serving as an interim superintendent there before his full-time appointment.

According to the Lee County School System website, the county has a total of 14 schools with 9,738 students.

Smiths Station, one of four unique attendance zones, represents more than half of the total, with approximately 5,791 students.

Nowlin, who is expected to start Jan. 1, will be moving to the second-largest school system in the state. It includes 56 schools and about 36,000 students and serves most of Jefferson County with a handful of exceptions that include Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Birmingham, which are served by their own school systems.

The Jefferson County school board voted 4-1 Thursday to make Nowlin the superintendent. Current Superintendent Phil Hammonds is retiring when his contract expires in February.

Board member Jacqueline Smith, who did not vote for Nowlin, believes Nowlin will not move Jefferson County Schools forward. Nowlin was one of three finalists for the job, and Smith favored a finalist from Georgia.

Board president Jennifer Parsons says the next step is to negotiate the contract with Nowlin, who has 26 years of experience in education.

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