New superintendent for Birmingham City Schools selected

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham City school system has hired a new superintendent.

Multiple news outlets report the district announced Tuesday night during a board meeting that Kelley Castlin-Gacutan has been unanimously selected as the new superintendent of the school system after a months-long selection process. Castlin-Gacutan will begin July 1.

A school spokesman says Castlin-Gacutan comes to Birmingham after serving as former interim superintendent for the Bibb County School District in Macon, Georgia. She is originally from Hueytown and both of her parents attended Birmingham City Schools.

Castlin-Gacutan will succeed Dr. Craig Witherspoon, who resigned at the end of 2014 after four-and-a-half years on the job. The Birmingham City School Board tried to fire Witherspoon in 2012, leading to a state takeover of the district.

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