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Demopolis BOE accepts Griffin retirement

The Demopolis Board of Education accepted the retirement of Superintendent Al Griffin along with several other personnel recommendations during a called meeting Tuesday.

Griffin announced his retirement, effective July 1, last week. Board President Jim Stanford thanked Griffin for his time with the school system.

“We appreciate his service and what he’s done for our school system,” Stanford said. “He’s moving on to the next chapter in his life, and we wish him and his family will in the future.”

Since the board has officially accepted Griffin’s retirement, they can now begin the search for his successor. Stanford said there are three different ways to go about searching for a superintendent, and the board will consider each one.

One way, which has been done in the past, is to go through a private consultant. The board also has the option to go through the board attorney and let him post the position based on guidelines set by the board. The third option is to hire the Alabama Association of School Boards to conduct the search.

Stanford added that the AASB offers a free training class for school boards to teach them about laws regarding hiring a new superintendent and how the process works.

In addition to Griffin’s retirement, the board also took the following action on personnel recommendations:

•Accept resignation of DHS social science teacher Ben Ramer, effective April 5

•Post DHS social science position through April 14

•Accept resignation of USJ physical education teacher Tammy Causey, effective a the end of the school year

•Post USJ physical education position until filled

•Accept resignation of DHS bookkeeper Kathy Oates, effective May 1

•Post DHS bookkeeper position until filled