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Wagoner to retire

Published 12:19pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lou Ann Wagoner, superintendent of Alexander City Schools, has announced to central office staff and the school principals that she will retire at the end of this school year.

“I want to spend more time with my children and grandchildren,” Wagoner said. “They’re at the age where they are participating in sporting events and things with the school, and I just want to be a part of that.”

Alexander City Board of Education President David Sturdivant said Wagoner’s retirement was approved at last Tuesday’s meeting.

“Of course her term will go through the end of the year, though for some reason, some folks think she will retire at the end of the calendar year, which is not the case,” Sturdivant said. “We’ve got time.”

Sturdivant said the board is beginning what he called an “extensive and thorough search” for a new superintendent. Sturdivant said he isn’t sure when the job opening will be officially posted.

“As part of that process, the first step we plan to take is coordinating a planning session with representatives from the Alabama Association of School Board, of which we are a member,” Sturdivant said. “We want to have a planning session to learn more about the process and educate ourselves on ways to conduct the best possible search.”

Sturdivant said Wagoner has been a “tremendous asset” for Alexander City Schools.

“She will be dearly missed, but we wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement,” Sturdivant said. “In my opinion, she provided tremendous leadership during what was arguably one of the toughest times in history due to many funding cutbacks at the state level.”

Wagoner has served as superintendent for Alexander City Schools for the past five years and said she hopes the next superintendent “will care very deeply for the children and families of the community.”

“They should continue to focus on high achievement for all students,” Wagoner said. “I also think they should pursue more partnerships with businesses and the schools. We need to look at what we can produce for this community from the high school and make sure this product is what this community and surrounding communities need to make Alex City stronger in the future.”