By Gary Lloyd
Hewitt-Trussville Middle School Principal Phyllis Faust will be taking over as the new principal at the Trussville City School Alternative Learning Center, Superintendent Pattie Neill said last week.
Neill said she thinks Faust will do a “wonderful job” as the ALC’s principal because she has worked in that building before and will know the majority of the high school students in the program because she had them in middle school.
Neill said Hewitt-Trussville High School Assistant Principal Lisa Berry will act as interim principal at the middle school. The Trussville City Schools website posted the middle school principal job listing June 4.
The Trussville City Board of Education last month approved of 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 earlier this year that the school board consider creating the position.
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.
Hamilton said the position would cover being the principal and building administrator, something that covers all aspects of the program.
Seven teachers are based at the alternative learning center — four for credit recovery, two aides and one for discipline.
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