From staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Better Basics board of directors announced last week that executive director Karen Kapp will retire effective Nov. 27, and former Trussville City Schools Assistant Superintendent Ammie Akin will assume those duties the following day, according to a release from the company.
Better Basics provides literacy intervention, enrichment programs and educational opportunities for elementary and middle school students throughout the state. They served more than 24,000 students last year.
Kapp, who has been the executive director for Better Basics since 2008, has been with the company more than 17 years.
“I am very grateful for the board of directors, staff, volunteers and partners of Better Basics that
have supported me throughout the years. I am proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in
my time at Better Basics,” Kapp stated. “I am looking forward to watching Better Basics
continue to excel in the years to come. I plan to stay involved in our city and the activities that
are important to moving our children and literacy efforts in Alabama forward.”
Akin’s history in education at all levels was instrumental in choosing her as replacement, as she has held management positions at the school and district levels. She has also received a number of accolades throughout her career.
For Better Basics, Akin implemented the 30 A Day summer reading program,
“Dr. Akin is prepared to lead Better Basics in its mission to empower children, reduce illiteracy,
and improve the community,” Kapp said. “Her experience in education and leadership uniquely
qualifies her to step into this role. She is well-respected in the education community, will inspire
Better Basics employees, and embodies Better Basics’ core values.”
Akin said she was excited to follow in Kapp’s path and promised to continue the mission of the company to make a positive difference in the community.
“It’s one thing to teach reading but it’s another to teach it to students who are eager to learn more. Better Basics’ programs are redefining education and giving the children of Birmingham an insatiable love for learning.”