BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WALA) – The Baldwin County School Board unanimously voted to name Robbie Owen the school’s interim superintendent on Monday.
Owen is the principal of Rockwell Elementary in Spanish Fort. The announcement follows an executive session, where school board members discussed plans to fill the opening. The previous superintendent, Dr. Alan Lee resigned from the position earlier this month.
The school board had several candidates. They narrowed it down to Owen by voting after many recommendations.
“We got a lot of input from teachers. Staff, administrators, from all levels from elementary to senior high schools and we got a lot of support for him so we feel like he is absolutely the right guy at this time,” School Board President Norm Moore said.
Owen has been the principal at Rockwell elementary in Spanish Fort since 1997. In 2008, he was named the states National Distinguished Principal. Owen was also named a Champion of Change by the White House for his efforts to improve arts education at Rockwell.
Owen says he is feeling “a lot of anticipation, a lot of excitement, and of course a little bit of anxiety.”
He says he likes the direction the system is going and he’s looking forward to giving his input.
“There’s so many great things going on in our system, so many great things and I just want to keep that ball rolling. Then maybe I can put my own spin on things and make it a little bit better.”
By law Owen is only allowed to be interim superintendent for six months unless the school requests a special exception. Moore says the school will most likely apply for that exception so Owen can serve as interim for the entire school year of ten months. Owen says he’s up for the challenge.
“I just want to do the best that I can to keep our school system going in the right direction until the board decides on the new superintendent by June of 2015.”
Because Owen is leaving his position at Rockwell, the school board will likely appoint an interim principal. There’s been no word yet on when that will happen. Once he’s done with his interim superintendent position, he will go back to being principal at Rockwell Elementary.
That is unless he gets the full time job. Moore says Owen could be a candidate for the permanent superintendent.
“I expect we’re going to do a nationwide search,” Moore said. “But the nation starts right here in Baldwin County.”