Andalusia BOE fills vacancies

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 16, 2003

In a brief, specially called Andalusia City Board of Education meeting Wednesday afternoon, action regarding several employment matters was transacted, including the filling of two positions that will cause several citizens and students in Andalusia to breathe a sigh of relief.

During the meeting, Superintendent Pete Kelley recommended to the Board that Carrie Sims Miller and Robert Ward Miller be hired as band directors at Andalusia Middle and Andalusia High School, respectively.

The husband and wife team come highly recommended according to Kelley, and AHS Assistant Principal Donna Glisson concurred.

"The Director of Bands at Auburn called personally and highly recommended Robert," she said. "I don't think, if he didn't think Miller could do the job he would have called."

According to Kelley, both of the Millers understand the expectations that come with their new positions.

"They are aware of the tradition we have in Andalusia, and I think they will be excellent additions to the system," Kelley said. "We need to take action tonight, because band camp is just a few weeks away, and they're both anxious to get things underway and operational."

"From everything I've heard, he is a technology whiz when it comes to music," Glisson added. "He's been writing a lot of the material for the Auburn band, and both Mr. Shakespeare and myself think he can bring a lot to the program."

Carrie Miller will be taking over the position of band director at Andalusia Middle School, and Robert at Andalusia High School; although it was mentioned they'll probably work well together and both bring a lot to both programs.

In other personnel matters for Andalusia Elementary School, the board accepted the resignation of Ann Weed as speech pathologist and approved the employment of Suzanne Fairley as a special education teacher, Tammy Cross as a fifth grade teacher, Joy Sowards as a part-time music teacher, Sandra Dendy as a second grade teacher and Kathy Jones as a special education aide. They also agreed to transfer Diane Chavers from second grade teacher to third grade teacher.

At Andalusia Middle School, the employment of Carrie Miller was the only action.

At Andalusia High School, the employment of Robert Miller was acted upon, and the transfer of Barbara Posey to the guidance office at Andalusia High School and Emma Locke from JAG Specialist to special education aide.

For the system, the board approved the appointment of Victoria Anderson to the position of teacher/technology coordinator. As part of the child nutrition program, the board agreed to add two days to the manager's contracts for Betty Gordon, Ruby Bradley and Ruby Parker.