BOE accepts Hathcock's retirement request
by David Atchison
PELL CITY – The Board of Education unanimously accepted Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hathcock’s retirement request Tuesday night.

“Sadly, all those in favor say, aye,” said Tammie Williams, chairwoman of the board.

And the board did accept Hathcock’s request.

Hathcock will officially retire from the Pell City school system July 1.

“Thank you Dr. Hathcock for your 11 years of service,” said Cecil Fomby, the longest sitting board member.

Fomby served nine of the 11 years Hathcock was superintendent of Pell City schools.

“It’s been an honor and pleasure to serve with you,” Fomby told Hathcock at Tuesday night’s board meeting. “We wish you a healthy and happy retirement.”

Hathcock was appointed as the superintendent of Pell City schools in April 2002.

Board attorney Charlie Robinson Jr. said the board made a very wise decision when they hired Hathcock.

“I can honestly say, without a doubt, he changed this town,” Robinson said. “You will be missed but not forgotten.”

Before coming to Pell City Hathcock served as the elected Fayette County schools superintendent. When he arrived to Pell City, the school system was broke but has since prospered.

During Hathcock’s tenured close to $35 million was spent in new construction, renovations and land purchases. While serving as the superintendent, the school system rid itself of portable classrooms.

“I did what they hired me 11 years ago to do, to make this school system better,” said Hathcock, who has worked in education for more than 38 years.

Hathcock said he and his wife Debbie will remain in Pell City after his retirement.

“It’s been the highlight of my career to be here,” Hathcock said at Tuesday night’s board meeting. “This is not a wake. I am still going to be around.”

The board also approved to post the vacant superintendent’s job.

In other matters Tuesday night, the board:

•Approved to add the following people to the substitute teachers list: Conda Crowe, Ryan Brock, Abbie Hyche, Karen Hand, Whitney Chappell, Emily Brown, Kayde Grissom and Jack Williams.

• Approved the leave of absence for Duran South Junior High School teacher Mary Jane McCullars, Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School teacher Ashley Armstrong and Williams Intermediate assistant teacher Sharron Vandergrift.

• Approved the expulsion of a Duran South Junior High School student.

• Approved policy revisions.

• Approved to amend the 2013 budget.

• Recognized the school board members with a resolution and certificates. January is school board member recognition month.

• Announced it will hold a work session at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, to meet with finance company representatives about securing a bond. The board will hold a board meeting immediately following the work session.

• Announced its regularly scheduled meeting is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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