By Kim West
The Limestone County Board of Education recently approved Ardmore High School language arts teacher Brian Green as the assistant principal of the Alternative School on the campus of Piney Chapel Elementary School.
Dr. Tom Sisk, superintendent of Limestone County Schools, said Curriculum Director Rhonda Stringham and Piney Chapel Principal Bill Hardyman spearheaded a search that drew more than 70 applicants statewide.
Green, who completed a master’s degree in instructional leadership in 2011 from Samford University, started in his new role at the Alternative School effective Aug. 5. Green, who is in his 10th year with the Limestone school system, replaced Dewayne Clark, who retired earlier this year as A-School director.
The school board in July accepted a recommendation from Sisk to change the director position to assistant principal. School officials said Clark’s job description did not include director’s pay or hours, and said there is a need for the person who supervises A-School to have an administrative certificate, report to the principal of Piney Chapel and work the 202-day schedule of an assistant principal, according to a memo from Stringham.
Green is the son of Zebbra Green, executive director of human resources and operations for the Limestone school system.
Sisk, who handled human resources at Baldwin County Schools prior to joining the Limestone system in 2012, said he chooses to assign vetting duties to the human resources department and director.
Sisk or another director typically screens finalists for a position after seeking the recommendation of an advisory committee. In the instance of the A-School assistant principal vacancy, Stringham and Hardyman supervised the screening process, and Sisk made the final recommendation to the board.
Sisk said another candidate declined to accept the A-School position due to the amount of compensation offered by the Limestone system.
“The candidate had more experience but he would not come to the district because of the pay for the position, and we’re not going to change the pay scale in order to get a person to come here,” Sisk said. “Mr. Hardyman and Mrs. Stringham thought highly of Mr. Green, and he was recommended to be hired. He interviewed very well, and he has a great heart for kids.”