Selma’s next superintendent is eager to lead the school system

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – A new leader is preparing to take the reins as the next superintendent of schools in the town of Selma. The board voted last Thursday to appoint Zickeyous Byrd to the position.

Bryd was born in Prichard, Alabama and raised in Washington County. He says that between academic shortcomings and a speech impediment, he nearly fell through the cracks. This motivated Byrd to pursue a career in teaching.

“I really wanted to make sure the kids didn’t experience some of the things I experienced at school. And so from there, I decided I wanted to be a teacher,” Byrd said.

He credits Concordia College Selma for giving him a foundation to become a student-first educator.

“They actually provided this one-on-one assistance and that’s exactly what I needed. Concordia gave me the love and attention I needed. I’ve always said that if I ever had opportunity to give back to Selma, I would,” Bryd said.

For the past 24 years, he has served in the classroom as a teacher, principal, administrator and superintendent. He is excited about the opportunity to run the schools in the town of Selma.

“My philosophy is simple. Regardless of zip code, every child deserves a high quality education,” Bryd said.

He believes his experience as superintendent of schools in Conecuh and Barbour counties prepared him.

“We had many financial difficulties, but we managed to overcome them. We were also able to increase academic success. And so I’m very, very proud of those accomplishments,” Byrd said.

Byrd says education is the key to a better community. Its mission is to ensure that all students receive the best education.

“We have the opportunity to mold and shape students and help them aspire to be the best,” Byrd said.

Bryd is expected to start work on July 25. He says he is an active and engaged superintendent, so during his first week on the job, he will spend time connecting with teachers and staff before students return Aug. 8.

Current Superintendent Selma Avis Williams takes the same stance in New Orleans.

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