Pelham City Schools Names Future Superintendent

Pelham City Schools Names Dr. Chuck Ledbetter Future Superintendent
Posted on 01/07/2022

At a special called board meeting on January 6, the Pelham City Schools Board of Education took the next step in the selection of the system’s future superintendent. 


Board of Education president Rick Rhoades provided details about the thorough selection process that has taken place since October when current superintendent Dr. Scott Coefield announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year. 


Dr. Chuck Ledbetter emerged from the process as the candidate who would best be able to build on the school system’s foundation and lead future progress and achievement. Dr. Ledbetter attended the meeting on Thursday and provided the Board and the public with his perspective on his leadership, vision, and professional priorities. 


“We’re preparing kids for a world where the jobs they’re going into may not exist today. We need to prepare kids to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and effective communicators. Those skill sets go along with the content we teach,” said Ledbetter.


He went on to say he believes in empowering teachers and removing barriers with a focus on doing what’s right for each student. 


When asked about his accomplishments as superintendent, Dr. Ledbetter referenced improvements in academic test scores and expansion of offerings that allow students to engage in learning and use what they learn to solve real-world problems.


After Dr. Ledbetter’s comments and further discussion among the board, the board unanimously voted to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Ledbetter regarding employment as the next superintendent of Pelham City Schools. 


Rhoades went on to thank several people who helped in the selection process and noted his appreciation to the community and employees who provided great feedback with a clear picture of what they desired in the experience and qualities of the next superintendent.


Board vice president Angie Hester addressed Dr. Ledbetter and expressed, “How blessed we are to have someone of your caliber and experience and success rate, and we're thrilled to welcome you to the Pelham family.”


Dr. Ledbetter is in his thirteenth year as a superintendent and has served as superintendent of Pike Road Schools since 2017. He earned his doctor of education in educational leadership degree from Auburn University and has experience as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and for finance prior to becoming a superintendent. He is married to Kim Ledbetter and has three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.


“Kim and I are excited to become part of the Pelham City Schools family. Pelham City Schools is one of the best school systems in Alabama, and I have followed the progress and growth under Dr. Scott Coefield's leadership since their inception as a school system eight years ago. It is exciting to be able to continue and build upon the great work that has been done here,” says Ledbetter. 


Board president Rick Rhoades stated that he expects to present Ledbetter’s formal employment contract to the Board for its consideration in the near future. Current superintendent, Dr. Scott Coefield will continue in his role through May 2022. He and Dr. Ledbetter will work together in the transition of roles once the contract negotiations are finalized.