Houston school board names superintendent finalists

PERRY — The Houston County Board of Education announced its two finalists to replace retiring Superintendent David Carpenter during its board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The board will choose between Robin Hines, assistant superintendent for school operations, and Darryl Albritton, principal of Perry High School, said board chairman Tom Walmer. The school board will interview the candidates in a called meeting April 8 during executive session and plan to announce its choice at its April 13 board meeting.

“We wish them luck,” Walmer said. “It won’t be luck. It’ll be background, experience ... to lead Houston County into the future.”

Hines and Albritton were among four applicants for the position. Two of the applicants did not meet the minimum requirements set by the board in the superintendent’s job description.

Hines holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Valdosta State College (now Valdosta State University) in health and physical education. He has been a teacher and coach at schools in Thomasville, Griffin, Moultrie and Albany, as well as the athletics director at Westover High School in Albany. He also served as principal at Charlton County and Jackson County Comprehensive high schools, as well as the assistant principal at Dougherty Comprehensive High School.

Hines joined Houston County schools in 2006, when he became the principal of Northside High School. He served in that role until 2008, when he assumed his current position.

“I think we’re doing good things,” Hines said after the meeting. “I want to continue to see us do good things.”

Albritton holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota, specialist’s and master’s degrees in educational leadership from Georgia College & State University and a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Georgia.

An honor graduate of Perry High School, Albritton has spent his entire career within the Houston County school system. Beginning as a physical education teacher at Tucker Elementary School, Albritton was also the assistant principal at Perry High and principal at Kings Chapel Elementary before taking on his current role in 2004.

“I am a proud product of this school system and care deeply about what happens here,” Albritton said Tuesday afternoon. “I feel honored to be considered to lead our district.”

To contact Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.