Sulphur Springs school trustees could hire a new high school principal when they meet in special session Friday.
The Sulphur Springs Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider a recommendation to replace Charles Aldmerman, high school principal for the last two years, as well as also consider a new energy system when the board meets at noon Friday.
Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed said Alderman notified administrators he will be resigning his post in order accept the position of curriculum director for Commerce schools.
“He will be going there to a central office position. We hate to lose him, but he’s going home,” Reed said.
Alderman was hired as SSHS principal in July 2011 to replace John McCullough, who resigned to take the superintendent position at Sulphur Bluff ISD. Alderman grew up in Commerce, where his parents were longtime educators.
The opening for principal was posted last Monday, and Reed said a selection committee composed of administrators and high school teachers have vetted a field of what he believes are “attractive, good quality applicants.” The committee’s top recommendation for high school principal based on their interviews with the candidates will be submitted to school trustees for consideration/approval at Friday’s board meeting, as will several other staff recommendations.
“We already had a special board meeting called to deal with personnel. They’ll deal with the principal recommendation too. We hope to have a recommendation Friday. This time of year is fast and furious, with schools taking action to get as qualified people as they can for openings. You don’t want to wait too long. If you wait, it’s hard to get them released so they are able to come,” said Reed, noting the 45-day contract release deadline schools are required to post. Sulphur Springs’ date is July 11.
Reed said if the board approves the recommendations Friday, the hirings should fill most of the district’s openings, including those often hard-to-fill positions such as in the special education department and counselors. The board is also recommending people to fill “a couple” of new English and math positions added this year. He said he feels the district received quality applicants and would be submitting their recommendations for those positions at the Friday, June 28 meeting, which begins at noon in the board room of SSISD Administration Building.
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