BOE moves personnel, names new BHS principal

Published 4:00 pm Friday, July 29, 2011

A number of personnel moves were made by the Board of Education at Thursday night’s meeting, including the naming of a new principal at Brantley.

Alfredia Griffin, who served as Crenshaw County Schools’ Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has accepted a position with the state Department of Education in the area of accountability.

“She’s one of our own, and it’s not an easy decision,” said superintendent Randy Wilkes. “We’ve known for some time that she was capable of moving up and moving on, and we’re proud for her.”

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Later in the meeting, Brantley principal Ashley Catrett was named the new Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs for the school system.

Dodd Hawthorne, who was the assistant principal at Brantley under Catrett, was named the new BHS principal to fill the vacancy.

Ashley Kilcrease was named Brantley’s new assistant principal, and some discussion was made about whether or not he would be able to continue serving as baseball coach.

“If he feels like he can, I think he needs to [continue coaching baseball],” Wilkes said. “There has been a lot of commitment, and I feel like it’s in both their best interests. He has a lot of talent and ability to offer our kids.”

The board also accepted the resignation of Brantley basketball coach Johnny Mitchell, and Wilkes said the anticipation is that he will accept a job in Butler County. Board president Troy Hudson abstained on the vote.

Wilkes also announced the hiring of Joe Proctor as head basketball coach at Highland Home.

Proctor will be filling in for teacher Greg Pittman, who is currently on military leave. Proctor is certified, but will receive a substitute teacher’s salary and has contracted with the school system for the basketball position.

“This is a tremendous deal,” Wilkes said. “He has 30 years of college-level coaching, and he’s also a minister.”

Proctor has coached at schools like Southern University and Alabama State, along with Ole Miss, Baylor and Drake.

“He’s very articulate and impressive,” Wilkes said. “We’re very fortunate.”

AYP test scores for the system are set to be made public on Monday, and the next meeting of the Board of Education will be on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m., which includes the first budget hearing.