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Hartselle appoints Bruyne Rollins to school board

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — A divided council Tuesday night appointed Bruyne Rollins to serve the unexpired term of Greg Cain on the Hartselle school board.

Without giving a reason, Councilman Bill Drake, who lobbied for Dr. James Joy, opposed the motion. Mark Mizell abstained because he doesn't know legally whether he can appoint people to the board because of a possible conflict of interest. Mizell owns a sporting goods store that may bid on school projects.

"I'm waiting on an opinion from the attorney general," Mizell said.

Council members Samie Wiley, Bill Smelser and Kenny Thompson appointed Rollins to the board.


At Monday's work session, the council majority agreed to appoint Rollins because city leaders said they wanted a more diversified board. Drake did not attend the meeting.

Currently, a majority of the school board members work in the medical field or have spouses who work in medicine.

After interviews last month, the council narrowed a seven-person list to Rollins, Dr. Joy and Nicole Mashburn, whose husband is Dr. K. Eric Mashburn. Rollins works in finance collection for AT&T and is a 1982 Hartselle High graduate.

Thompson said he has heard a lot of complaints about so many medical people being on the board.

"We had a lot of good applicants, and this is a tough choice," said Thompson, a retired educator.

Dr. Joy, a local dentist, served previously on the board. But he lost his seat when the previous administration appointed local attorney Jeff Gray. Dr. Joy also applied for the board when the current council appointed Jennifer Sittason to serve the unexpired term of Ronnie Abercrombie.

Rollins will serve until June 2008. Cain resigned in January after Morgan County voters elected him probate judge in November's general election.

The council will make another appointment in June when Sittason's term ends.

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