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Bryan is obvious choice

Published 3:28pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Butler County Board of Education on Thursday will name the school system’s next superintendent.

We sincerely hope that the board votes to name Interim Superintendent Amy Bryan to the position.

That’s not a slight against Charles Alford — the other finalists for the job. We’re confident that Alford is a fine educator, and he certainly has a wealth of experience as a teacher, principal and administrator.

But Bryan is the right fit for Butler County.

She is committed to our school system and community.

That’s not something that could be said of recent superintendents.

Darren Douthitt was hired as superintendent in 2010. He resigned in January of this year to accept the same job with the Anniston City School System.

His predecessor Mike Looney spent just four years in Butler County before resigning to accept the same position with Williamson County Schools in Brentwood, Tenn.

Bryan is a Butler County native and has proven her commitment to our school system.

She’s spent 26 years working in our school system as a teacher and administrator.

This would not be a stepping-stone job for her.

Bryan has also proven to be more than capable as an administrator.

As federal programs director, Bryan has been responsible for the oversight of grants and federal funds totaling more than $4 million a year. She recently played a major role in securing a $500,000 grant that will be used to create two career academies that will be housed at Greenville High School. The Industrial Maintenance Academy and the Health Science Academy will help provide Butler County students with skills that they can carry into the workforce should they decide not to attend college.

That will benefit not only students, but our community as a whole as it will make our county more attractive to businesses looking for a home.

She was also instrumental in expanding the system’s Pre-K program and helping the county’s Bright Beginnings program earn recognition as a Banner School by the Council of Leaders in Alabama Schools. She helped launch the Second Chance Dropout Recovery Program that has resulted in 23 diplomas and 50 GEDs to date. She also helped begin Operation Graduation Dropout Prevention.

Bryan currently serves as the president of the Alabama Community Education Association and is a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama Superintendent’s Academy.

She certainly has a résumé worthy of the job.

But it doesn’t stop with the school system. Bryan is also active in our community.

She’s a board member with the Butler County Children’s Advocacy Center, a member of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and a former team captain for Butler County’s Relay for Life.

It seems obvious to us that Bryan is the right choice for our school system.

We hope it’s as obvious to our board members.

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