Board of Education Applicants and Interviews

Eight Hoover residents submitted applications to become the next person appointed by the Hoover City Council to the Hoover Board of Education, filling the seat to be vacated by current BOE President Paulette Pearson. The five-year term begins on June 1.

Here is Jon Anderson’s article telling us more about the applicants.

Here is his article about Pearson’s tenure on the BOE.

Each applicant will be publicly interviewed in the Council chambers on Thursday, April 3. The public is not allowed to comment or participate in any way, but may attend the interviews by sitting in the chambers.

If you have input for the Council regarding what you believe they should ask or be looking for in a school board member, you are encouraged to contact them prior to April 3. Contact information is on this page.

Interview times are as follows:

5:30 p.m. Craig Kelly
5:50 p.m. Max Harbuck
6:10 p.m. Doug Hildreth
6:30 p.m. Guy Locker
6:50 p.m. Break
7:10 p.m. Terry Turner
7:30 p.m. Stephanie Schambeau
7:50 p.m. Arnold Singer
8:10 p.m. Kadie Whatley Peters

If a second round of interviews are needed, those will be held beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, prior to the 6:00 p.m. Hoover City Council meeting, where the Council is expected to make that appointment.

Sincere appreciation to each of these Hoover residents for being willing to serve the children and families in our schools and our greater Hoover community.


No Decision Yet on Bus Fees

Hoover BOE attorney Donald Sweeney stated that no decision has been reached on whether students will be charged a fee to ride buses to and from school for the 2014-2015 school year. Sweeney said he hoped a decision would be made prior to the April 7 BOE meeting. He stated the Department of Justice has delayed the decision.

Here’s the broadcast from the Monday, March 17, BOE meeting. The brief discussion about fees happens at 55 minutes, 53 seconds into the broadcast. It’s less than two minutes long.

We NEED a New Board of Education Member! Here’s Your Chance!

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS MARCH 21st!! For more information, contact Hoover City Clerk Margie Handley via email at or by phone at 444-7557.

You witnessed the decision of the Hoover Board of Education (BOE) to eliminate buses in a 4-1 vote last July.

You witnessed the community uprising as a result.

You witnessed the BOE approve a budget with a $17 million deficit.

You witnessed the U.S. Department of Justice step in as a result of our BOE’s decision.

You witnessed the BOE rescind the vote to eliminate buses last December.

You witnessed the loss of our bus drivers and the inability of the BOE to replace them.

You witnessed the BOE bow down and obey board attorney Donald Sweeney’s order not to answer the public’s questions.

You witnessed the BOE call in a state-level education official rather than deal with its own personnel matter.

You witnessed this. And this. And this. And this.

All of it being the responsibility of the five members of our Hoover Board of Education.

We still don’t know if the BOE will decide to charge a fee (nor how much that fee might be) for families dependent upon bus transportation to and from school.

We still don’t know what programs or how many teachers may be cut due to budget problems.

We still don’t know what type of rezoning plan may be constructed during upcoming strategic planning sessions.

The current president of the BOE, Paulette Pearson, is not seeking reappointment.

That means there’s ROOM FOR YOU to apply for the BOE position. It costs nothing to apply.

Will You Serve

YOU can help make those decisions by serving on the Hoover BOE.

Our elected Hoover City Council is responsible for appointing the BOE. One member every year. For a five-year term. The appointment is made in April and the term begins in June.

Yes, you would serve with three BOE members who originally voted to eliminate buses. But they did ultimately change their mind (thanks, DOJ!).

The BOE meets once a month, the first Monday of the month (except for March, when it will be the third Monday – NEXT MONDAY, the 17th).

If you believe you are capable of looking out for the best interests of all children in Hoover, please apply. We desperately need good people to serve on our BOE.

In years past (except last year when Earl Cooper was reappointed without any opposition), the application process consists of filling out the application and being interviewed by the full Council in a public meeting (the questions are the same for every applicant). No word yet on when interviews will be conducted, though in 2012, the interviews took place the second week of April.

Here’s an article with a little more info.

If you’d like to know a little about what is expected of school board members in Alabama, read this from the Alabama Association of School Boards. Training is mandatory and paid for by local taxpayers.

The main responsibilities of a board member are to (1) hire and fire the superintendent, (2) hire and fire the Chief School Financial Officer, (3) approve the budget, and (4) create policies. The budget and policies provide the framework within which the school system and its employees operate.


In years past, the application was made available online, but it is not available online this year. No word on why the application was removed.

Contact City Clerk Margie Handley via email at or by phone at 444-7557.