City Council contributes to superintendent search
by Chris Norwood
Jan 23, 2014 | 722 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA - The City Council agreed Thursday to provide $2,000 to the Talladega City Board of Education to help them conduct a national search for a new superintendent. Similar amounts have been pledged by Citizens Baptist Hospital and First National Bank, according to City Manager Brian Muenger.

The council did not take a formal vote Thursday, however, since councilmen Jarvis Elston and Joe Ballow were not present, and Council President Horace Patterson expressed confidence that they would want to publicly lend their support.

Last week, the school board agreed to hire the Alabama Association of School Boards to conduct a search for a superintendent to replace Doug Campbell, who is retiring at the end of this academic year. AASB offers a $6,000 statewide search and a $12,000 national search, with a regional search in between. With limited funds, the board opted for the $6,000, statewide search.

Patterson said it was important to find the best, most dynamic candidates possible for the superintendency. Councilman Ricky Simpson, who is the council’s liaison to the board, first proposed matching the gifts from the bank and the hospital.

Muenger and Simpson agreed that there was no better time than the present for the board to launch a national search. Muenger added that this was the perfect time to “buy in” to the process.

Patterson will be handing the gavel over to Councilman Donnie Miller at the next meeting, where all five councilmen will be expected to vote on the gift to the board. Miller added that he would attempt to arrange a joint meeting of the council and the board sometime in early February.

Also Thursday, the council:

O Saw Mayor Larry Barton present the employee of the quarter award to Detective Jimmy Thompson.

O Tabled two appointments to the TOP Trails Board.

O Agreed to attend a dedication ceremony at the library for Dianne Orsini, the library board chairwoman who passed away last week.

O Saw Barton present a resolution honoring Arthur Bacon, an artist, scientist, educator and Talladega College graduate.

O Heard a presentation from Talladega College President Billy Hawkins regarding upcoming events including the construction of three new buildings on campus.

O Approved the senior nutrition grant agreement with East Alabama Regional Planning Commission.

O Approved travel and training expenses for two police officers.

O Rescinded the old contract and approved a new one with Tillman, Allen and Sizemore for appraisal services at $13,500.

O Approved a contract with J. Cordell and Associates to review appraisals of Frazier Farms Community Development Block Grant drainage project for $5,850.

O Agreed to sell vacant pieces of land formerly owned by Wehadkee after auctioning them on

O Approved a contract with Merrell Brothers to test samples from the abandoned Niki Lu Lagoons for $3,000.

O Agreed to pay $264,000 to replace filtering screens at the Brecon wastewater treatment plant.

O Agreed to pay $254,750 to rehabilitate filters at the water treatment plant that will bring it back to full capacity.

O Approved a contract with InSite engineering to clean out the Mount Olive Water Tank for $8,500.

O Heard Muenger announce that Standard and Poore’s had rated the Water Department’s bond debt at A+.

O Heard Muenger announce that a proposal to renovate the Harmon Park well would be presented in the next few weeks.

O Saw Muenger present a Halmark Christmas ornament modeled on a Talladega Fire Truck, complete with the name of the city on the side.

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