Griffin named interim school superintendent

Published 5:32 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer


The Chilton County Board of Education has selected superintendent-elect Jason Griffin to serve as acting superintendent until July 31 and interim superintendent from July 31 until Dec. 31.

Board Attorney John Hollis Jackson said two motions had to be made, one naming an acting superintendent and one naming an interim, but both positions could be filled by the same person.

During a board meeting on July 17, the motion for interim superintendent was unanimously approved. The motion for acting superintendent was approved 6 to 1. Board President Lori Patterson and members Linda Hand, Jim Shannon, Keith Moore, Curtis Smith and Joe Mims voted in favor. Board member Pam Price voted against, saying the assistant superintendent could serve as acting superintendent since the outgoing superintendent would still be on the payroll until July 31.

The board also approved Griffin to be paid the salary of the superintendent. This will be his sole salary. He will not be doing the transportation supervisor position at the same time.

Jackson clarified that Griffin had been certified by the state to serve in the position when he met the requirements to run for the position.

After Dec. 31, Griffin will take the role of superintendent, having won the election.

School Superintendent Tommy Glasscock resigned from the position last week to take the State Deputy Superintendent of Career Technical Education and Workforce Development position with the Alabama State Board of Education.

Glasscock will use paid time off to fill the remaining days from July 17 to July 31 in order to transition into his new role.

Glasscock made parting remarks to the Board of Education reflecting on his time working with each board member during the July 17 meeting.

Also during the meeting:

—Board member Jim Shannon recommended that the school system consider waiving out of county tuition for all of the high schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

— The Board approved a retirement payment for an employee from 2014-2015 fiscal year. Chief School Financial Officer LaVerne Williams said she is reviewing records to ensure all payments for other employees were made.