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Trussville City Schools shakes up curriculum, instruction department

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — Trussville City Schools will go through the 2014-2015 school year with an interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and it’s a familiar face.

Beth Bruno, the Paine Intermediate School principal, will serve in the role for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Trussville City Board of Education on June 2 accepted the resignation of Ammie Akin, who had served in the position. Prior to that position, Akin was the assistant principal at Paine Intermediate School. She’s also taught special education at the elementary and secondary levels.

In her interim role, Bruno will oversee elementary curriculum issues, LEAD Alabama, TEACH Alabama, mentoring programs, professional development, teacher certification, federal programs and elementary textbook adoption.

Superintendent Pattie Neill said Bruno will help hire and mentor a principal at the Paine campus this fall to take her place as Paine Intermediate School principal in the fall of 2015, when Bruno retires.

Hal Riddle, the former Hewitt-Trussville head football coach and now director of student services, will help Bruno with the school calendar. Student Support Coordinator Mandi Logan will help with discipline appeals.

Jennifer Cardwell, an 11th grade English teacher, will work with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to provide leadership as the college, career and curriculum adviser. She will assist in resolving secondary curriculum issues while facilitating secondary professional development, college admissions and scholarships, career readiness, credit recovery, credit advancement, Alternative Learning Center curriculum issues, and secondary textbook adoptions.

This by-committee approach for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is only for the 2014-2015 school year, Neill said. The plan is to have a full-time assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the 2015-2016 school year.

The job opening was posted at on May 30. The salary schedule for the position is between $101,962 and $114,578, commensurate with degrees, certification and experience.

In other Trussville City Schools news, the 62 school buses were recently inspected and zero had major deficiencies. Transportation Coordinator Jerry Cataldo was commended at last week’s Trussville City Board of Education work session. Cataldo called it a “team effort,” and he thanked all mechanics and bus drivers for the positive inspection.

“They amaze me every day,” Cataldo said.

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