Davis chosen as Sheffield superintendent

SHEFFIELD - Former Winfield Superintendent of Education Dr. Keith Davis was selected as the next superintendent for Sheffield schools on Monday, Dec. 3.
Davis, who resigned under pressure from the superintendent position in Winfield City Schools on July 17, has been serving as the first administrative officer for Winfield.
The Sheffield School System has had a vacancy left by its former superintendent of education Dr. Keith Langford, who vacated the position in early August.
The Sheffield Board of Education voted 4 - 1 to hire Davis as the next superintendent, with board president Phyllis Meade voting against the measure.
According to Davis, who will start his new job on Jan. 1, starting the superintendent position in the middle of the school year is atypical, but he said he looks forward to hitting the ground running.
“Normally, with a regular start, you’re really preparing for the upcoming year. You’ve got your sleeves rolled up and you’re doing professional development and some strategic planning,” said Davis.
The difference, according to Davis, is that the school system will already have its academic plan in place and it will be his job to see it through.
“For me it’s a tremendous opportunity to start meeting with stakeholders, collaborating with staff there at the schools, meeting with the business and industry and really getting to know the community,” said Davis.
Davis said working with Sheffield schools will come with its own benefits, including working with a very experienced staff, with around 60 percent of the staff having advanced degrees, as well as drawing on the rich history of Sheffield’s educational background.
“They’ve got a really good team in place. They’re doing some dynamic things,” said Davis.
Davis said he is looking forward to being part of the process of making Sheffield schools even better.
According to Davis, the hiring process was smooth.
Davis said he and the board had excellent conversations when he was invited to interview for the position and that the board of education voiced interest in his accomplishments in Winfield.
According to reports from the Times Daily newspaper in Florence, board members remarked on Davis’ excellent academic experience, particularly his eight years at the Winfield City School System.
Also in the running for the position was Russellville Assistant Superintendent Tim Guinn.
Per his new contract, Davis’ annual salary will be $123,000.
The Sheffield School System includes four schools—two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.
Davis had warm words for Winfield, as he discussed his move to the Florence/Shoals area.
“I appreciate all the folks at Winfield. It was a tremendous experience there and I can’t say how much I appreciate the support I’ve received. I wish the teachers, staff and community the best. I’ll miss them,” said Davis.
Davis had not turned in his notice to the Winfield Board of Education at presstime.
Under his contract as administrative officer for Winfield, Davis will receive his full salary for the remaining two years of his contract.
This amount is $100,000 minus what Davis has already made  since he was reassigned to the new position.
According to the contract, the amount is due to Davis within two weeks of his resignation.