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July 2, 2013

Cold Springs principal retires; Child Dev. Center names new leader

One Cullman County school has found its new principal, while another will be looking for one this summer, as the school board looks to fill positions vacated by retirements this year.

Chris Chambers has been named the new principal of the Child Development Center campus. He replaces long-time principal Charles Clemmons, who retired at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

Chambers previously worked in Blount County and brings approximately 17 years of special education experience to the position.

The system has also hired former Jasper City Schools employee Tiffany Mitchell, who has 23 years of special education experience, to serve as systemwide special education coordinator. Clemmons had previously held both positions.

Cullman County Board of Education Superintendent Billy Coleman said he believes splitting the duties will make for a more well-rounded special education program.

“We created two positions at this point, and we think that’s the right step to take to give the right amount of focus to this area,” Coleman said.

While the Child Development Center has filled its vacancy, Cold Springs High School will be looking for a new principal to open the 2013-2014 school year, as Tommy Youngblood has announced his retirement effective July 31.

After 25 years at the school as everything from teacher, to coach, to assistant principal and finally principal the past three years, Youngblood said it was a hard decision to leave.

“It’s such a wonderful place and there are certainly a lot of emotions,” he said. “I’ve come all the way through the ranks here and had some of the greatest times of my life.”

The interview process started Monday to find Youngblood’s replacement, and the board hopes to make a hire soon to have someone in place for the start of school.

Coleman said both Youngblood and Clemmons will be missed, though he’s confident both schools will be able to carry on with the traditions started under the long-time leaders.

“We appreciate Dr. Clemmons, and Mr. Youngblood for the many contributions they’ve made to our system, and we appreciate their years of service to our students,” he said.

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