Less than 24 hours after Huntsville City Schools announced their new superintendent, former interim superintendent Christie Finley, spoke to WAAY31 about her plans for the school system.
This after the 4-1 vote by the school board came as a bit of a shock to some. Creating controversy throughout the board and causing one member to say she was quote disgusted and heartbroken with the way it all played out.
The board had 180 days to name a new superintendent after naming Finley interim back in May.
Finley has been in education for 27 years and has lived in Huntsville her entire life, something she takes great pride in, especially when it comes to the classroom.
"It's really not about me, that's what it goes back to when you think about being an educator. You don't go into it for yourself, you go into for children."
And as far as her focus for the school year and years ahead...
"This superintendent and everybody in this district in this central office is here to support our schools and to ensure that every student, all children, are learning at high levels. We want to ensure that everybody feels safe in our schools, they're ready to learn, and our teachers have what they need. "