“I encourage this board to continue to do all it can to ensure the children in this system get an excellent education and are prepared to work,” he said.
Board member Juanita Curry McClellan thanked Campbell for his “service to the system” and noted it was “an honorable thing to allow us time for a thorough search to move ahead.”
Board member Bonnie Miller agreed, saying. “I appreciate all that he has done for our schools in many different capacities.”
Board member James Braswell said,“I really wish you well. We’ve worked together a lot, off and on over the years, while you wore several different hats.”
Board member Elizabeth Smith pointed out she and Campbell had been hired at the same time and she also appreciated all that he had done for the system over the years.
Lastly, Board Chair Shirley Simmons-Sims said she wished Campbell and his family well, “with God’s richest blessing on all of you.”
Campbell was first hired as principal at Dixon Middle School during the 1985-1986 school year. He was eventually transferred to the central office, where he served as special education and federal programs coordinator, before eventually being promoted to assistant superintendent.
He became interim superintendent and finally superintendent in 2009.
Campbell’s retirement came up during his comment section of the agenda. It was not an action item Thursday afternoon, and aside from the comments quoted above, the board took no action.
During the same meeting, the board initially failed to act on a personnel recommendation, but eventually reconvened and approved it later in the afternoon.
Among the personnel items on Thursday’s agenda was the termination of Houston Elementary School custodian Daniel Wilson. Braswell initially made a motion to approve the termination, which died for lack of second.
After the meeting adjourned, the misunderstanding that led the death of Braswell’s motion was resolved, and the termination was passed 4-0. Smith had already left before the second vote could be called for.
Also Thursday, the board:
O Approved revisions to the student conduct and supervision policy.
O Approved a new policy on seclusion and restraint of students.
O Approved the contract for probationary Zora Ellis Junior High School Principal Shari Dye.
O Accepted the resignation of Talladega High School library media assistant Christopher Mitchell.
O Accepted the retirement of Ellis librarian Shelly Adams.
O Hired C.L. Salter third grade teacher Holli Frames, Talladega High School head varsity track coach Bradley Ward and Ellis head basketball coach Ryan Dawson.