By Gary Lloyd
The Trussville City Board of Education could vote at its May 6 meeting on creating a principal position for the Alternative Learning Center on Parkway Drive.
Trussville City Schools Director of Student Services Bill Hamilton, the center’s program supervisor, requested at last week’s board retreat that the school board consider creating the position
The item will likely be on the board’s May 6 agenda. The board will meet at 6 p.m. The center is located in the old Hewitt-Trussville Junior High School on Parkway Drive.
Hamilton said discipline is “very well handled” at the alternative learning center, but an on-site administrator is needed as the center continues to grow.
Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Jefferson County Schools, Hoover and Shelby County all have principals for their alternative schools.
“We’re growing and evolving,” said Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill.
School board member Danny Garrett said he was “very concerned” about safety, but Hamilton said a school resource officer will be operating from the center.
Hamilton said the possible position would cover being the principal and building administrator, something that covers all aspects of the program.
“It will grow and grow,” Neill said. “I know it will grow.”
Seven teachers are based at the alternative learning center — four for credit recovery, two aides and one for discipline.
School board member Sid McNeal said he was “all in favor” of creating the position but worried about “cost issues.”
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