Huntsville City Schools names new superintendent

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Dr. Clarence Sutton is the new Huntsville City Schools superintendent. (Huntsville City Schools)

Huntsville City Schools will start the new school year in the fall with a new permanent superintendent, but it’s not a new face. The Board of Education Tuesday night voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Clarence Sutton as superintendent.

Sutton has served as interim superintendent since March.

Dr. Sutton at the helm

Dr. Sutton came to Huntsville from Tuscaloosa. (Huntsville City Schools)

Sutton enters the position with nearly 30 years of experience in public education. He started with Huntsville City Schools in January 2020, and he has served as the district’s chief of staff, deputy superintendent of Learning Supports, and chief academic officer. 

Prior to Huntsville City Schools, he served as the longtime principal of Central High in Tuscaloosa where the school significantly increased graduation rates, increased yearly scholarship offers for students, and established a career pathway program under his leadership. 

“I am proud to serve our students, families, teachers and staff members, and community. We have the potential to be the best school system in the nation, and I am honored to be part of it.”

Dr. Clarence Sutton, new HCS superintendent

The selection process

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The Huntsville Board of Education voted unanimously to name Sutton as superintendent. (Huntsville City School)

he Huntsville City Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Clarence Sutton as the district’s new superintendent. 

The board approved the hiring during a regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, June 13. Dr. Sutton previously served as the district’s interim superintendent.

The system had narrowed the selection process down to three candidates this month, who were interviewed last week at Huntsville Higb School.

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Michael Seale
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