Dowdy new PCHS principal
by Elsie Hodnett
PELL CITY — The high school has a new principal following a called Board of Education meeting Monday morning.

The Board approved the transfer of Dr. Tony Dowdy from Coordinator of Student Services at the Central Office to principal at Pell City High School effective July 1.

“I screened about 30-plus applicants and interviewed nine candidates for the position,” said Dr. Michael Barber, superintendent of Pell City schools.

Barber said there were both local and non-local candidates for the job.

“Dr. Dowdy brings experiences as a former principal at Duran North Jr. High School,” Barber said. “He was a math instructor at Pell City High School and also head baseball coach. He is involved in the community through youth sports and his church.”

Barber said Dowdy is someone who knows the community through his involvement.

“He has a son, Tyler, who will be a freshman at Pell City High School next year, and his daughter, Tayler, is entering the fourth grade this year, so he is invested as a parent as well,” Barber said. “Dr. Dowdy also holds an Ed.D., the highest degree an educator can hold.”

Barber said as Coordinator of Student Services at the Central Office, Dowdy worked with principals in areas of providing support for their needs including material support and outside resources.

“Dr. Dowdy has Central Office and local school experience, curricular and extracurricular experience which is very important as a 6-A school principal,” he said. “And Dr. Dowdy will continue to assist the Central Office developing and revising policy.”

Dowdy said he is absolutely excited with the new opportunity to go into the high school.

“Former principal Helene Bettinger did an outstanding job,” he said. “Our advanced placement classes and dual enrollment classes have increased, the number of students has increased, the graduate rate is up, the drop-out rate is down and we just want to continue to do the things going on at the high school and strive to move to the next level. Excellence is going to be the expectation.”

Dowdy said he is looking forward to working with great students and great faculty and staff.

“I hope to make a positive impact on the community,” he said.

Dowdy has worked in education since 1993 and has been with the Pell City School System since 1994. He has received ARI Secondary Training, System BBSST Coordinator, Failure Is Not An Option and AMSTI Training. He is a graduate of Leadership St. Clair County and a deacon/member of Cropwell Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for six years.

In other matters Monday, the Board:

• Approved employment of Maxwell Thurmond, strength training teacher and assistant varsity football coach at Pell City High School effective Aug. 12, 2013 pending background clearance and highly qualified status, Michael Hathorn, history teacher and assistant varsity football coach at Pell City High School effective Aug. 12, 2013 pending background clearance and highly qualified status, Harold Wisdom, physical education teacher and assistant varsity football coach at Pell City High School effective Aug. 12, 2013 pending background clearance and highly qualified status and Senyo Botoklo, French teacher at Pell City High School effective Aug. 12, 2013 pending background clearance and highly qualified status.

Approved re-assigns of Valerie Curtis from second-grade teacher at Coosa Valley Elementary School to Title I Teacher at Coosa Valley Elementary School effective Aug. 12, 2013, and Sunni Wyatt from fourth-grade teacher at Eden Elementary School to reading coach at Eden Elementary School effective Aug. 12, 2013.

• Approved non-certified transfer of Paulette Boyd from secretary at Pell City High School to Special Education Secretary at the Central Office effective July 1, 2013.

• Approved the revised bid from McCartney Construction Company for the paving project at Pell City High School. Gary Mozingo, maintenance supervisor for the Pell City School System, said the original bid was $550,713.50, which was more than the $400,000 Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, gave for the project. The school system approved the revised bid of $390,675.50, which will include new paving in half of the parking lot in front of the high school and seal coat on half the pavement in front of the high school. Mozingo said the completion date is Aug. 1.

• Approved to request a refund from Alabama Risk Management For Schools in lieu of accepting an extended claims reporting period for board employees.

• Announced the July regular board meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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