OCS hires new principal

Published 12:02 am Thursday, May 3, 2012

Opp City Schools named current Northview High School of Dothan principal Ron Snell the high school’s new principal at a special-called board meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Ea-rlier this year, current OHS principal Cla-yton Nor-ris anno-unced his plans to retire after this school year.

Snell said he was excited to come to Opp and thanked OCS superintendent Michael Smithart and the board.

“I could not be more thrilled to become a Bobcat,” he said.

Snell previously was the assistant principal at Slocomb High School, Samson High School, Samson Elementary School, and taught at Geneva County High School, Coffee Springs High School and Columbia High and Magnet schools.

In March, the Dothan City School board voted 5-0 to non-renew Snell’s employment.

The Teacher Accountability Act requires school systems to give non-renewed contract principals a reason for their non renewal.

DCS superintendent Tim Wilder’s recommendation to non-renew Snell listed poor management in daily operations of the school and lack of communication with students and stakeholders as reasons.

Snell recently dropped a lawsuit concerning his non-renewal of employment, and the suit was dropped by a Houston County judge.

The Opp BOE voted 4-1 in favor of Snell after an executive session requested by William Hines, who voted against the measure.

In other personnel action, the board:

• approved employment for Amy Hall Reynolds, speech and language teacher;

• approved employment for Will Cammack and Jody Adams as special education teachers.

-Kendra Bolling