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July 9, 2014

CCBOE hires 2 new principals, moves Payne to fed. programs director

CULLMAN — The Cullman County Board of Education filled three open principal positions and a central office post at the central office, as part of some major shifts to prepare for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Federal programs coordinator Dr. Vicky Spear was appointed as the new principal at Vinemont Middle School effective July 8, replacing Phillip Mabry.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Ross said Spear’s leadership abilities stood out during the interview process.

“She’s proving to be an exceptional leader and the type we need to move forward with our college and career readiness,” he said.

At Fairview Middle School, assistant principal Trina Walker was promoted to fill the principal’s position previously held by Susan Patterson. She started effective July 8.

“I want to thank the board and Dr. Ross, and I look forward to a great school year,” Walker said.

Though it wasn’t previously listed on the agenda, the board also moved Vinemont High School Principal Brandon Payne into the interim federal programs coordinator position previously held by Spear at its recent Monday night meeting.

“Congratulations to Dr. Payne and I look forward to working with him on my leadership team,” Ross said.

When reached by The Times, Payne said he looked forward to the opportunity to take on this new role in an interim capacity, while allowing Dr. Spear a chance to start work as a principal immediately.

Vinemont Middle School assistant principal Ferrell Runge was promoted from his assistant principal position into the interim role as principal at the high school to replace Payne.

Along with these major appointments, the board also accepted the resignations of former superintendent Billy Coleman from his brief, transitional role as temporary administrative consultant to the superintendent.

Good Hope High School assistant principal/teacher Mike Stansberry also resigned effective July 1.

The board also approved eight voluntary transfers, along with 27 appointments or reappointments and 78 substitutes.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 134.

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