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June 7, 2013

HHS principal resigns; board looking for replacement

For the second time in three years, Hanceville High School is again looking for a new principal.

Tracy Hubbert, who took over after longtime principal Bob Burgess retired in 2011, has tendered his resignation with the district and plans to leave effective June 30.

Hubbert has previously served three years as an assistant principal at Walker High School in the Jasper City Schools system, as well as two decades as a teacher in Georgia.

He is one of five candidates being considered for the principal’s job at Decatur High School.

Cullman County Board of Education Superintendent Billy Coleman wouldn’t speculate as to why Hubbert resigned, but said he appreciated his service the past two school years.

Hubbert expressed his appreciation to Coleman and county school board member Kenny Brockman for the opportunity to serve as principal at Hanceville High.

“I certainly enjoyed my two years here. I also enjoyed the people and the community of Hanceville. I am looking at some new opportunities and seeing where the Lord leads me,” Hubbert said.

Moving forward, Coleman said he will engage the faculty in the search for Hubbert’s replacement with hopes to fill the position as soon as possible.

“We have the position posted, and I always meet with the faculty when there’s a principal position open and talk to them about the process we go through,” he said. “As soon as the posting comes down, we’ll set up some interviews. I’m sure we’ll have some great candidates, and we’ll give the faculty an opportunity to be included on the interview committee.”

Though summer might seem like a slow period from an education perspective, Coleman said it’s also the time principals are tasked with making important staff decisions.

“We want to fill it as quickly as possible, especially since this is when personnel decisions are going on,” he said. “You need to give a new principal the opportunity to get involved with that.”

Kenny Brockman, the Hanceville representative on the school board, said he has been working with the faculty and community to find out what the people of Hanceville want in their next principal.

“Of course, we’ll be looking for someone who will be a good fit with the community,” he said. “One thing I’m hearing from a lot of people is they want us to look at someone from Cullman County, and maybe consider a hometown candidate. As a committee, we’ll take all that feedback and try to choose a candidate we think will do the best job and be the best fit.”

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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