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Board of Education names CMS assistant principal

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Chilton County Board of Education has selected André Davis as the new assistant principal for Clanton Middle School.

This position became open after former Assistant Principal Laura Baker was named principal for PASS Academy and the virtual school program.

Davis was approved during a special called meeting of the board on July 7.

“I was looking to get into administration, so I decided to apply,” Davis said.

He said he is looking forward to “working with middle school students again.”

“Just getting the opportunity to work with the community as a partner with educating the kids is what I am most excited about,” Davis said.

Davis has most recently been the career tech counselor for Bullock County.

His career in education began in Florida. He has been a school counselor, assistant coach, middle school teacher and assistant principal.

In 2006, Davis followed a head coach he had worked under in Florida to Alabama to continue working with him.

Davis started his career in education as a substitute teacher.

“I loved it,” Davis said.

He went back to school to complete his master’s degree in guidance counseling, while working as a middle school social studies teacher. He completed his master’s degree in educational administration in 2008.

“I just like seeing kids learn, and that started from an athletic point of view teaching them sports and realizing I could have a bigger impact if I was an actual teacher and then an administrator,” Davis said.

Davis lives in Montgomery and plans to commute to CMS.

Also during the July 7 meeting, the Board accepted the retirements of Evelyn Worthey from Clanton Intermediate and Sandra Bice Millard from Jemison Intermediate. Resignations were accepted from Jerrico Smitherman of Clanton Intermediate, Ashley Hasenbein of Jemison High, Blake Burttram of Clanton Middle, and Lindsey Abbott of Thorsby High.

The school board hired a CNP assistant manager for Clanton Elementary, a paraprofessional for Clanton Middle, an ACCESS facilitator for Verbena High, two teachers for Clanton Intermediate, P.E. teachers for Clanton Middle and Jemison High, reading specialists for Jemison Elementary and Isabella High, a social science teacher and a visual arts teacher for Jemison High and a math teacher and an elementary teacher for Verbena High.