Dr. Vic Wilson, center, visits with residents during a meet-and-greet session on May 28. | Brent Maze
Dr. Vic Wilson, center, visits with residents during a meet-and-greet session on May 28. | Brent Maze

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Vic Wilson tapped for superintendent post

Published 7:25pm Monday, June 17, 2013

Mountain Brook High School Principal Vic Wilson has been selected to lead Hartselle City Schools.

The Hartselle Board of Education unanimously voted to offer the position to Wilson during its regular board meeting Monday night.

Board President Dr. James Joy said all three candidates were strong, but he felt like Wilson was the best fit for Hartselle.

“Coming from a smaller town similar to Hartselle made him a good fit for our area,” Joy said. “He expressed a lot of the same values of the people of Hartselle. He values educational opportunities for our students. He values opportunities with church. He just was the best fit for us.”

Joy, board member Monty Vest and the board attorney James “Spud” Seale will meet this week with Wilson to finalize details of the contract. The posted salary range for the position is $120,000 to $140,000.

Vest said she contacted him Monday to inform him of the board’s decision, but no meeting time was set up as of Tuesday morning. She said she feels Wilson is ready to start.

“He’s eager to get started,” Vest said. “We hope he will be in place by early July.

“It all goes back to input we had from the questionnaires from the faculty and the community. It validated what we thought the people of Hartselle felt like we needed at this time. I feel that Dr. Wilson will meet what we needed.”

Board member Randy Sparkman said he was intrigued by Wilson’s thoughts on customized education for all students.

“He said he wanted to create learning opportunities for every child and that resounded with me,” Sparkman said. “He has an emphasis on building leadership. I feel that is what our school system needs at this time. I think that is something everyone feels that we need.”

Board member Jennifer Sittason said they had an excellent pool of candidates.

“What the community was looking for was reflected in the candidates we had,” Sittason said. “We were very fortunate to have such a great pool of candidates.

“My decision was based on who was the best fit for us right now and that was Dr. Wilson.”

In other action, the board:

• Approved its budget amendment.

• Granted permission for Crestline Elementary School to dispose of old textbooks that are no longer being used.

• Approved 16 additional out-of-district students for the 2013-2014 school year.

• Approved the leave request from Cody Daniels, speech-language pathologist at F.E. Burleson Elementary, to be placed on family medical leave, after all sick leave and personal leave are depleted, from Aug. 13 to Nov. 1.

• Approved the transfer of T.J. Preuitt, from the multi-needs teacher at F.E. Burleson Elementary, to the split-unit special education position at Barkley Bridge Elementary and Hartselle Intermediate School, effective with the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

The board also approved the following resignations:

• Brad Bray, as assistant track coach at Hartselle High School, effective June 17.

• Nancy Thomas (retire), business education teacher at Hartselle High School, effective July 1.

• Don Pouncey (retire), principal at Hartselle Junior High School, effective July 31.

• Jamie Roden (retire), special services coordinator, effective Aug. 1.

The board approved the employment of the following:

• Dana Gladden to be hired as the coordinator for summer school at Hartselle High School, for the summer of 2013.

• Dana Berry, to fill the position of secretary at Hartselle Intermediate School, effective Aug. 5.

• Lisa Morton, to fill the position of bookkeeper at Hartselle Intermediate School, effective July 8, 2013;

• Sonie Wilson, to fill the position of varsity cheerleader coach for the 2013-2014 school year.

• Denise Wigginton, to fill the position of secretary at Hartselle Junior High School for the 2013-2014 school year;

• John Nelson, to fill the position of custodian, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools).

• Angela Jones, to fill the position of custodian, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools).

• Tonya Watson, to fill the position of Instructional Aide, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools), effective with the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year;

• Kelly Hansert Atkins, to fill the position of instructional aide, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools), effective with the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year;

• Sharon Graff, to fill the position of Math Teacher at Hartselle High School, effective with the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, for the 2013-2014 school year; and,

• Fred Wallace to fill the position of secretary/ receptionist at the Central Office, effective July 1 pending background clearance.

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