Whether he wins the statewide award or not, the nomination itself is quite an honor. District VI covers the entire northeast section of Alabama — not only the Pell City and St. Clair County school systems, but also the Talladega city and county systems, AIDB, Sylacauga, and city and county systems from Fort Payne to Cleburne County — 18 systems in all.
Hathcock’s nomination is not surprising. His leadership is confident and sure, whether he’s preparing his schools for proration in the face of a growing student population, encouraging teachers to look for signs that students need help paying for lunch, or justifying the expense of building renovations to the community.
Hathcock recently told the Daily Home, “Someone said it must be an awesome responsibility to do what I do. But to me, I think of it as an awesome opportunity to influence someone.”
Running a school system is not an easy job. Hathcock not only gets it, he gets it right.