HARTSELLE — An assistant principal and athletic director in Madison City Schools has been hired as the new principal at Hartselle Junior High.

The board approved Superintendent Dee Dee Jones’ recommendation to employ Rocky Smith as the school’s new principal, which serves more than 500 students in grades 7-8.

Smith comes to Hartselle from James Clemens High where he has served as assistant principal and athletic director since June 2015.

He received a three-year contract that’s effective July 1 and will pay him $97,000 annually.

Smith was among 61 to apply for the position, Jones said.

“We’re excited about having him in Hartselle and looking forward to what he brings to the table,” she said.

He replaces Robbie Smith, who resigned in March to become principal at Orange Beach Middle School in Baldwin County.

Bob Young, a retired Hartselle administrator, served as interim principal.

School board member Randy Sparkman said the level of interest in the job is evidence of the reputation Hartselle has as a school district.

"We attract quality applicants and we had that in this process," he said.

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy University in 1999. In 2012, he received a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Auburn University Montgomery.

The following is a list of other personnel items the board approved on Tuesday:

Non-renew

Steve Wiley, custodian currently assigned to Crestline Elementary School.

Transfers

Sandra Jones, from elementary teacher at F.E. Burleson Elementary School to elementary teacher at Barkley Bridge Elementary School, effective with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Kristi Steele from custodian to 6-hour cafeteria worker, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools), effective Aug. 5.

Kristi Wood from custodian to 6-hour cafeteria worker, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools), effective Aug. 5.

Employment

Stacy Breuers, teacher at Hartselle Intermediate School, effective with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Sarah Williams, pre-K lead teacher at Barkley Bridge Elementary School, effective with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Jake Miles, social studies teacher at Hartselle High School, effective with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Jennifer Talbot, science teacher at Hartselle High School, effective with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Michael Hathorn, social studies teacher at Hartselle High School, effective with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Myranda Putman, six-hour CNP worker, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools), effective Aug. 5.

Leisha Johnson, custodian, based at the Central Office (to be assigned to schools), effective retroactive to May 22.

Blake Harbin, physical education teacher, with Hartselle City Schools, effective with the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

- deangelo@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2469. Twitter @DD_Deangelo.

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