SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Executive Director of Supporting Programs for the Sylacauga City School District, Matthew Hubbard, is now one of the finalists to become Superintendent of Arab City Schools.
Hubbard has 28 years of experience in education and also served as Sylacauga High School’s principal from 2009-2014.
“A lot of your day-to-day duties you lead at a high school are going to be similar to a lot of your day-to-day situations you run into throughout an entire school system,” said Hubbard.
Arab City Schools has narrowed the field of finalists down to five, Hubbard being one of them.
Hubbard expressed his excitement with the possibility of becoming superintendent. “Arab is one of the top school systems in Alabama, and it is a school system I am familiar with,” stated Hubbard. “I am familiar with the community and its long traditions, and that is something that is very attractive to me and my family.”
According to Hubbard, the primary goal as a superintendent anywhere is to provide all the necessary resources for the teachers and students to be successful.
Hubbard said he uses this quite as a guideline for his career in education, “If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man how to fish, then he will eat for a lifetime.”
“One thing I noticed during my tour of Arab is that they have aged facilities, even though they are well taken care of,” said Hubbard. “I believe it is a strength in my skill set to go make the assessment and then find the necessary funding to create a capital improvement plan and help them in building a new high school and athletic venues that are needed in Arab.”
Hubbard has been a part of those types improvements and renovations over the last few years at Sylacauga High School.
Hubbard said he expects Arab’s new superintendent to be announced by the first week in December.