She’s back! Duebelt to teach chorus again

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The saga of the potential loss of Andalusia High School’s choral program ended on a happy note Monday when the Andalusia Board of Education hired a part-time chorus teacher.

Paula Sue Duebelt, who retired from the school system two years ago, will return to AHS this year.

In May, the school board voted to non-renew five non-tenured teachers, impacting both core subjects and elective courses, including the high school choral program.

Days later, “concerned parents of Andalusia High School” met to discuss changes.

Last month, Interim Superintendent Ted Watson announced that school officials were making every attempt to find a way to bring the choral program back to AHS.

Watson said Duebelt will teach chorus one block a day, which will be a split block of two 45-minute periods.

“Last I checked, we have about 90 students signed up,” Watson said.

Watson said there were only two applicants for the position and the other applicant took a fulltime position in another school system.

In other business, the board approved $8,000 in supplement pay for Bennie Shellhouse, who will serve as administrative assistant to AHS Principal Dr. Daniel Shakespeare.

The board will meet again Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at Andalusia Elementary School.