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Decatur schools announce retirements

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

After Assistant Superintendent Ed Nichols announced a host of retirements during a Decatur City Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Sam Houston spoke of their leadership capacities.

“Their contributions will resonate in this school system for many years to come,” he said.

And following the meeting, Houston talked about the significance of a trio of long-time educators who offered outstanding service in demanding roles.

Barbara Sittason joined the staff of Decatur City Schools in 1983 as supervisor of special education. She later served as principal of Somerville Road Elementary School, Woodmeade Elementary and Gordon-Bibb and Leon Sheffield magnet schools.

Houston said that throughout her career, children were always foremost in her decisions.

“She has both attended and presented many workshops to keep abreast of the ever-changing guidelines,” he said. “She received the ARC Administrators Excellence Award and also served as a consultant for the National Association for the Teaching of English.”

William Maynor spent 21 of his 35 years in education at Decatur, where he was coordinator of the Decatur High Developmental Program and basically built the program.

“Dr. Maynor has strived for excellence in the program,” Houston said. “He was instrumental in assisting in developing the Autism Self-Paced Study (MOVE program) and has been recognized for his diligence.”

Maynor is the recipient of the ARC Administrator of the Year. He received recognition from The University of Alabama for providing assistance in a program for summer interns and for developing curriculum to assist students in becoming independent.

William Gilchrist served in the education field for 31 years, joining the Decatur staff in 1977. During his tenure, he served as a special education teacher, behavioral specialist and supervisor of special education.

“He also has worked diligently and has represented the system in various aspects of the community,” Houston said. “He also has served as a liaison between Decatur City Schools and Decatur General Hospital and numerous other facilities, including the Key Pastoral Counseling Center in Huntsville.”

Houston said Gilchrist regularly attended workshops and provided information to faculty members on Section 504 and assisted with juvenile court authorities and the Morgan County Substance Abuse Network.

Other resignations and retirements, certified personnel:

  • Austin High — Christina Johns, social studies; Amanda Wilson, art; and Lena C. Vann, mathematics, retired after 34 years.

  • Banks-Caddell Elementary — Denise Hayes and Willie Bradley Stinson, kindergarten.

  • Brookhaven Middle — Pamela Bogle, science, retired after 29 years; Tracy L. Durham, eighth-grade science.

  • Central Office — Tammy Angela Fant, mathematics coach.

  • Cedar Ridge Middle — Peggy Pratt Finch, mathematics, retired after 38 years.

  • Decatur High — Rebekah L. Bryant, mathematics; Maria Elizabeth Kennedy, Spanish; Joe David Kilpatrick, history, retired after 39 years.

  • Leon Sheffield Elementary — Mary Katherine Collins, fourth grade.

  • Oak Park Middle — Timothy Davis, Spanish.

  • Somerville Road — Bridgette Taylor, kindergarten.

  • Special Services Center — Brianne Terry and Jeanne Wheat, speech therapists.

    Non-certified personnel:

  • Austin High — Sandra M. Cox, child nutrition program worker, retired after 18 years.

  • Brookhaven Middle — Sonia C. Morris, school secretary.

  • Eastwood Elementary — Linda L. Franks, head custodian.

  • Transportation — Margaret Lott, bus driver, retired after 22 years; Linda McGlocklin, bus driver.

    Change of contract:

  • Austin High — Richard Simon, delete girl’s soccer supplement effective with the 2007-08 school year.

    Change of payroll status:

  • Julian Harris Elementary — Leigh Ann Hill, CNP worker, requests medical leave Feb. 27 to May 30.

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