After the meeting, Adkins said he wanted to be clear the changes are not an act of political vengeance, but rather a means to fulfill his campaign promise of making spending cuts at the district’s central office.
He said the school system will likely face a financial crisis by May, and he hopes to cut spending at the Carl Elliott Building by 50 percent.
Adkins said seven administrators at the central office have either retired or plan to retire soon. He said the board plans to hire only two new employees and distribute the remaining workload among the current workers.
Among those responsibilities will be overseeing the Child Nutrition Program, which will be taken over by the district’s human resources director Johna Baker.
Adkins said Diana Little, the director of assessment, will also assume new responsibilities regarding data analysis from student test scores and school performance.
Glenda Wilson, director of principal and teacher evaluation, will assume the responsibilities of technology coordinator once Gary Aultman retires, Adkins said.
Former Assistant Superintendent Alan Trotter will become the director of the district’s alternative school program, a position he once held.
Adkins also said former superintendent Vonda Beaty will also become a teacher at the alternative school.
Adkins said all of the central office employees involved in the change understood the need for the restructure.
“I very much appreciate the attitude they had in assuming these duties for the betterment of the school system,” he said.
The County Board of Education also adopted a resolution Thursday that started the process of securing land for the Eldridge Community Center.
The community center is housed at the former Eldridge Junior High School building. In 1941, a portion of the property was sold to the state of Alabama.
The resolution announced the board’s commitment to get the land back under the control of the town.
Dr. David O’Mary, a former resident of Eldridge and student at the junior high school, spoke to the board about the value of the center to the community and the hard work of many residents to revamp the former school building.
“It’s our heart and soul,” he said.
O’Mary showed the board members a printout of the expenses officials with the Town of Eldridge have invested into the center. The total amount is almost $93,000, he said.
O’Mary said town officials have discussed several ideas for the use of the property, including a senior citizen program, an after-school tutoring program and a computer lab for the community.
Board Chairman Brad Ingle said he commends the town leaders and community volunteers for their efforts to revamp the facility.
“It’s good to see a group of people work as hard as you do,” he said.
In other business:
•The board approved a recommendation by Adkins to hire Kathy Vintson as his successor to the position of principal at Cordova High School. Vintson has been a teacher at Cordova High since 1988.
During the meeting, Adkins said many people were concerned with the hiring process used for the position. Adkins said he and Ingle chose a committee of eight members of the Cordova community to make the recommendation, and Vintson’s award of the position came about as a result of the group’s unanimous decision.
•A scheduled public comment from Davey Reed of Reed Construction regarding a new baseball field for Carbon Hill High School was moved to an executive session after the public meeting.